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University of Westminster appoints Pro Vice-Chancellor for global engagement

1 September 2014

The University of Westminster has appointed Professor Alexandra Hughes as Pro-Vice Chancellor for Global Engagement.

In her new role, Professor Hughes will be responsible for promoting a culture of global engagement across the University, championing international activities to stimulate and facilitate international recruitment. She will be developing and embedding international partnerships and collaborations, as well as ensuring effective links with government departments and global employers.

Professor Hughes joins the University of Westminster from the University of Kent where she was Pro Vice-Chancellor (External), providing strategic leadership and policy development in areas including internationalisation, the non-academic student experience, student equality and diversity, and employability. Previously Professor Hughes held the post of Pro Vice-Chancellor for Quality and Students at the University of Birmingham where she had also been Head of the School of Humanities.

Professor Geoff Petts, Vice Chancellor at the University of Westminster, said: “Professor Hughes has extensive experience in developing and implementing strategies and policies to broaden universities’ international links and partnerships. I am confident she will play a pivotal role as promoter of our global engagement culture across the University, building on our existing contacts with international bodies and firms as well as driving and facilitating our international recruitment.”

Professor Alexandra Hughes said: “Internationalisation and employability have been at the forefront of my strategic priorities. I look forward to working with my colleagues at the University of Westminster to drive and expand our culture of global engagement and reach further, fostering our current relationships with international contacts as well as building even stronger links.”

Professor Hughes is a member of the National Outward Mobility Strategy Board. Her research, which is interdisciplinary in scope, focuses on the area of modern and contemporary French literary and cultural studies. Professor Hughes has been heavily involved with the Centre for English and World Languages at Kent and the Centre for European Languages and Cultures at Birmingham. She has also worked with the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA).

The appointment has been mentioned on the Times Higher Education appointments page.

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About the University of Westminster:

The University of Westminster boasts a vibrant learning environment attracting more than 20,000 students from over 150 nations and we continue to invest in our future with new developments, research projects and new ideas.

We offer highly attractive practice-based courses that are independently rated as excellent, many with international recognition. Our distinguished 175-year history has meant we lead the way in many areas of research, particularly politics, media, art and design, architecture and biomedical sciences, and our position in the city of London allows us to continue to build on our close connections with leading figures and organisations in these areas as well as in the worlds of business, information technology, politics and law.

Our commitment to educating graduates for the needs of professional life attracts high quality students from within the UK and around the globe.

Internationalisation, employability and sustainability are key elements in the University of Westminster’s vision for the future and we strive to ensure the very highest standards are met and maintained.


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