Jodie Anstee is Chief of Staff and Clerk to the Board of Governors / Head of Policy and Strategy at UWE Bristol. Starting life as an academic at the University of Exeter, she joined UWE in 2008 attracted by the institution’s ethos and commitment to widening participation. Here she describes her role and what inspires her on a daily basis.
Kim Frost is University Secretary at the University of London, and rather uniquely, he is also Director of Human Resources. Here he talks about the joys and challenges of his shared responsibilities and the variety of his role.
Andy Dodman recently joined the AHUA after taking on the role of Chief Operating Officer at the University of Sheffield. Prior to this he worked as the University’s Director of HR, and brings to the role a people-led approach to management, with particular expertise and interest in personal wellbeing, happiness, and engagement in the workplace.
Helen Watson joined Goldsmiths, University of London, as Registrar and Secretary in February 2017. The former Director of Planning at the University of Oxford studied Music at Exeter College and completed her MA in Higher and Professional Education at the Institute of Education. Prior to Oxford she held posts at City University and at Imperial College. Here she talks more about her new role.
Andrea Bolshaw is Registrar and Secretary at Newman University, and Clerk to the University Council. She was worked in higher education for 20 years, and has experience of 5 very diverse institution. Here she gives insight into her role at her current institution.
Vicki Nairn claims to have a low boredom threshold and a high curiosity level – attributes that have served her well in her varied career, and current role as Vice Principal, Corporate Operations at Robert Gordon University.
Jane Robinson gives an insight into her role as Chief Operating Officer and Registrar at Durham University. Jane joined Durham University in September 2016, having previously served as Chief Executive at Gateshead Council.
Brendan Casey, Registrar and Chief Operating Officer at Oxford Brookes University worked at five different institutions before taking up his current role. Here he talks about his career, including a typical day in his role at Oxford Brookes, and the challenges ahead for HE.
Rachel Sandby-Thomas joined the University of Warwick as Registrar in August 2016, after a career of 23 years in Central Government, most recently as Director General at the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills. Here she talks about the transition to higher education and her role at Warwick.
The roles of Registrar, University Secretary and Chief Operating Officer vary greatly between institutions but include many shared responsibilities. In our new blog series, we ask members to tell us more about their working life and career history. Here Matthew Hilton, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Operations) and University Secretary, talks about his role at Kingston University.