Professor Sheila Pankhurst joined the University in March 2017 as Dean of the School of Environment & Life Sciences.
Sheila was previously Deputy Dean at the University of Cumbria where she has secured significant external funding for the University, and delivered strong growth in student recruitment following new curriculum development. Prior to her role at the University of Cumbria, Sheila headed up a large and highly successful Department of Life Sciences at Anglia Ruskin University, where she grew student numbers by more than 60%.
An accomplished and supportive leader and outside of her primary field of expertise, Sheila brings a range of experience relevant across several of our Industry Collaboration Zones. She is a member of the working group for the new National College for Nuclear and academic lead for a formal partnership with the University of Manchester’s School of Mechanical, Aerospace and Civil Engineering.
With a long interest and strong background in zoo research and zoo biology, Sheila has published a best-selling undergraduate textbook on the subject. She continues to remain research active and strongly values the importance of a vibrant research community as fundamental to the success of a School.
Sheila graduated from Durham University in 1982 and has a PhD in Zoology from the University of Cambridge. She holds several trusteeships and is an external examiner, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Biology and a Scientific Fellow of the Zoological Society of London.