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Leadership and Management

Prof Helen Marshall: Leadership at Salford

Professor Helen Marshall"Thank you for taking the time to learn more about the leadership and strategic direction of our University. At Salford our people are our biggest asset, and it is an immense privilege to lead the Salford team, especially given our many recent successes and external recognition.

The leadership team at Salford is focussed on delivering to our clear and successful vision for the University's future; building a 21st century version of our industrial heritage – keeping Salford firmly placed as the 'University of Industry'.

It is a pleasure to work alongside so many fantastic and talented colleagues to deliver this, making the University of Salford a great place to work and study. I hope this information, about the leaders in our University is useful and gives a flavour for the breadth of experience and skills we can call upon."


The Leadership and Management of the University is the primary responsibility of the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Helen Marshall. Through the Vice-Chancellor's Executive team (VCET), the Senior Leadership Team (SLT), and the Industry Collaboration Zones Board (ICZ), the Vice-Chancellor leads the development  and  delivery of the university's vision and strategy. 

However, the successful realisation of our vision and strategy can only be done through harnessing the collective potential and ambitions of all our staff, students and stakeholders and as such everyone who is part of Salford is responsible for driving that forward. 

These pages contain information about the university's leadership and management structure, key Senior Officers, and the responsibilities of our Executive.

The University's Vision

"By pioneering exceptional industry partnerships we will lead the way in real world experiences preparing students for life."

At the University of Salford we are proud of our place in the world. Situated in the heart of the vibrant Greater Manchester conurbation, we play a significant role in the community. While our heart is anchored in the North West, we have a powerful global reach. Our University  is  our people; our authenticity and strong sense of place appeals to students of all ages and all backgrounds and we focus on equipping them for the world of work. Together we transform lives.

We have now reached a pivotal moment here at the University, with the ever-changing higher education landscape, both at home and overseas, requiring a new approach to traditional and emerging challenges in order that we continue to thrive in an increasingly competitive world.

In our work to realise this vision we are revamping our approach to student recruitment, employability, enterprise, curriculum development and research. Underpinning the vision is the creation of four brand new ‘Industry Collaboration Zones’ which will act as a focus for collaboration  within the  University and with partners, in particular industry sectors. This is a bold departure from traditional structures and models of learning and will provide an outstanding experience for our staff, students and partners alike.

More information on the university's vision.

In these pages