Kate HayesMrs Kate Hayes

Director of Communications, Recruitment and External Affairs

My role and vision

I feel incredibly lucky to be able to play a part at such a distinctive and diverse institution with its traditions of innovation and creativity, providing education for all, and shaping and improving lives around the world.

My wide-ranging role covers internal and external communications, marketing, UK and overseas student recruitment, admissions and mobility, outreach, alumni and development. My teams work collaboratively with professional and academic colleagues to achieve the University’s objectives. At the heart of this is delivering an excellent student and staff experience.


I studied French and German at the University of Oxford and then followed my innate desire to lead and manage both people and operations. I have had an eclectic career having worked in industry, with public utilities and in both public and private higher education for the last 15 years.

My key focus has remained consistent, working on values driven communications, marketing, sales and service with an unerring desire to ‘deliver the promise’.

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