2 days / 60 speakers
Be inspired

26 – 27 June 2019

Professor Liz Barnes

Vice Chancellor and Chief Executive of Staffordshire University

Liz has been Vice Chancellor and Chief Executive at Staffordshire since April 2016, having previously been Deputy Vice Chancellor at Sheffield Hallam University and Derby University, following a long career at Teesside University.

As a leading provider of Higher and Degree Apprenticeships, Staffordshire University has a strong connection with businesses across the region. Throughout her career, Liz has built relationships with employers and industry working in partnership to provide vocationally relevant courses and upskill the workforce.  With an academic background in physiology she worked closely with the NHS developing new ways of working and qualification frameworks. Subsequently she has led on significant developments with law enforcement agencies.

Liz’s career has been built around leading learning and teaching and the student experience, with a passion for creative and innovative approaches to enhance the student journey and student achievements. Her enthusiasm for digital technologies and their transformative effect on the learner’s experience and in the workplace led her to join the JISC Board in 2016. Under Liz’s leadership, Staffordshire University has seen a meteoric rise in various league tables and has broken into the Times Higher Education’s World University Rankings for the first time.

Committed to education and young people, Liz is a member of four Multi-Academy Trusts in the region and one in London.  She is also Co-Chair of the Opportunity Area Partnership Board and is passionate about social mobility.  Liz believes that education, employers and civic partners work jointly to improve the life chances of young people in Staffordshire and beyond.



Festival of Higher Education

26- 27 June 2019