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Prof Richard Stephenson

Deputy Vice-Chancellor

Richard StephensonRichard joined the University of Salford as its  singular Deputy Vice-Chancellor in March 2016, and has responsibility for the  strategic leadership of the University’s academic portfolio, including Growth  and Diversification, and Research and Enterprise. Richard also has  responsibility for leading the four innovative, sector facing Industry  Collaboration Zones, which foster collaborative engagement both within the  University, and with partners in industry.  On an operational basis,  Richard has line management of the seven Deans of School, the Dean of Research,  the four Industrial Collaboration Zone Directors and the Associate Director of  Enterprise.

Richard’s early career began as a Chartered  Physiotherapist in 1982 at Bradford Hospital’s School of Physiotherapy,  initially working in neurological rehabilitation and then specialising in  mental health, establishing and managing an innovative physiotherapy service at  Calderdale Health Authority.

Moving into academia in 1989, Richard worked at  several universities including Leeds Metropolitan University, the University of  East Anglia (UEA), and Plymouth University, prior to moving to the University  of Salford as Deputy Vice-Chancellor in 2016. During this time, he has  undertaken significant strategic leadership roles, including Head of  School and Faculty Dean at UEA and Faculty Dean, Pro Vice-Chancellor (Student  Experience) and Deputy Vice-Chancellor at Plymouth University.

With a research profile spanning neuroplasticity,  pain, interprofessional learning and clinical reasoning, Richard has published  widely, but is perhaps better known for his extensive work across professional  curricula and engagement across the health professions having designed and  implemented several innovative curricula at undergraduate and post-graduate  level.  Richard served two consecutive terms as an elected  member on the Executive Team of the Council of Deans (CoD) for Health and held  several Director and Trustee positions with charitable and education  establishments.