University of Salford Manchester

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 two of the four academic sub-strategies: Academic Growth & Diversification and International. Richard also has responsibility for leading the innovative  new Industry Collaborations Zones which will act as focus for collaboration both within the University, and with partners in particular industry sectors.  On an operational basis Richard has line management of the seven Deans of School, the UK Partnerships Office and the International Office.

Richard’s early career began as a Chartered Physiotherapist in 1982 at Bradford Hospitals’ 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 into 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.