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Welcome to the Vice Chancellor's Office

Alexandra Hackett: Operations Manager

Alexandra Hackett

Thanks for taking the time to find out more about the work of the Vice-Chancellor's Office. I hope that these pages are informative and interesting, should you require to contact me, or the team, please don't hesitate to view our Contact us page.

The Vice-Chancellor's Office is an executive support team for the Vice-Chancellor and senior leadership at the University. As a professional executive support function, our primary objective is to ensure that Professor Marshall and her leadership team receive seamless and proactive administration, management  of daily communications, diary management, and policy advice and briefings as required.

I hope these webpages provide you with more information about the work we do, the best ways to get in touch with us, and an opportunity to meet the members of the team.


Meet the Vice Chancellor: Professor Helen Marshall

Professor Helen MarshallProfessor Helen Marshall

Professor 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 development of a new curriculum in creative industries, 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’ Universities 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.