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Prof Helen Marshall


Helen MarshallProfessor Helen Marshall has been Vice-Chancellor since April 2015, having joined the University of Salford in November 2013 as Deputy Vice-Chancellor.

She has led the University through a significant strategic renewal, creating a 21st Century version of the institution’s industrial heritage through the Industry Collaboration Zones (ICZ) Strategy. The ICZs offer a real-world approach to learning with a flexible, industry-informed and research-based  curriculum co-created with industry. Helen’s leadership is positioning Salford as the university of choice for students wanting a hands-on, work-based high-quality learning experience and also for industry wanting to engage in applied research and to recruit work-ready, dynamic graduates. As a result of this strategic leadership, the University has seen growth in overall student numbers along with improvements in league table rankings and other external benchmarks such as the NSS.

Helen is actively engaged in the wider higher education sector through her role as a Board Member at the Higher Education Funding Council for Wales (HEFCW), continuing to undertake institutional reviews with the Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) and working with organisations such as the British Council  on international academic projects.

Prior to joining the University Helen was Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic and Business Development) at the University of South Wales from 2010, and in her time there, she led on academic and business development initiatives. She was responsible for the implementation of a new curriculum in creative industries post merger with the University of Wales, Newport, the establishment of a Centre for Financial and Professional Services and the review and renewal of the law curriculum. She also led on widening participation and was Director for the University of South Wales’ Heads of the Valleys Institute (UHOVI) - a groundbreaking initiative backed  by the Welsh Government to provide opportunities for local people and businesses to improve skills and qualifications by making learning accessible across the Valleys region. The UHOVI was recognised with a national Guardian Higher Education Award in 2013.

Helen studied Law before continuing to postgraduate research in Corporate Merger Law at the University of Birmingham. Born in Cardiff, Helen has lived in the North West for a significant period of her career. Before moving to South Wales, Helen held senior positions at the University of Central Lancashire  and at the University of Cumbria, as well as gaining extensive experience in quality assurance through a secondment to the QAA.