Professor Alex Hughes
Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Global Engagement)
My role and vision
As Deputy Vice–Chancellor for Global Engagement, my role is to lead, develop and coordinate the University of Westminster's internationalisation. I am responsible for promoting a culture of global engagement across the University, championing a wide range of international activities to build on and build up our international connections, the internationalisation of the Westminster experience and our international recruitment.
The University of Westminster is a diverse and multicultural community, located in a world city, with students and staff from across the globe. Enabling our students to gain experiences that help them to become global citizens adept at operating in an increasingly interconnected, internationalised world is one of my top priorities – so too is building further on the network of international connections that the University enjoys and that enrich the cultural and intellectual life of our institution.
Previously, I was Pro Vice–Chancellor External at the University of Kent, where my portfolio included leading the university's internationalisation strategy.
My commitment to championing a culture of global engagement has been fuelled not only by that earlier role but also by my academic career. As a professor of French, my research interests centre on questions of identity and have included 20th-century French prose fiction, life writing, women's writing, visual culture, gender studies and issues of culture-contact. My research has more recently focused on French perceptions of China. My last book was France/China: Intercultural Imaginings.
External bodies and agencies I have worked with have included the Arts and Humanities Research Council, the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education and the Universities UK National Outward Student Mobility Strategy Board.