Press Release

06 May 2011

Canterbury Christ Church University embarked on a new era of partnership development this week following the arrival of David Smith as new Pro Vice-Chancellor External Relations.

David Smith
David Smith

As the strategic lead for University’s external facing activities, David will lead on the management of partnership arrangements, the University’s five campus network, a growing portfolio of international activities, marketing initiatives and have responsibility for the Faculty of Arts and Humanities.

 At a time when Higher Education is facing unparallelled changes to its traditional funding and delivery, David’s role will help to ensure that Christ Church is well placed to respond effectively to an ever-changing landscape of funding opportunities and collaboration.

David said: “By 2015 I hope Canterbury Christ Church will be working in world-wide, as well as national and local, partnership arrangements with governments and their agencies, to improve public service delivery; that we will be regarded as an imaginative and reliable key partner in the cultural, spiritual and sporting life of local communities and that we will be seen as a friend and vital support to businesses and social enterprises across Kent, Medway and the South East region.”

David brings a wealth of experience following his previous role as Senior Account Director, for the Skills Funding Agency operation across the South East. This included the oversight of four sub-regional teams, and responsibility for managing the adult skills and apprenticeship funding and performance of Further Education Colleges and training providers in the South East.

He has also worked across the South East region on a range of education-to-education, education-to-business and public service-to-commercial enterprise partnerships and collaborative ventures.

He will seek to build on this track record over the University’s new Strategic Plan period, 2011 to 2015. Central to the plan’s ambition will be to build a range of regional, national and international partnerships as the shape of Higher Education shifts in the future.

David will be assisted in his role by Sue Kendall-Seatter, the University’s new Director of Partnerships, and Mark Wilson, who joins as the Head of International Office. Sue previously led the University’s Primary Education Department with great distinction, and Mark was Head of a successful International Recruitment and Retention department at Birkbeck, University of London.


Notes to Editor

Canterbury Christ Church University

Canterbury Christ Church University is a modern university with a particular strength in higher education for the public services.

With nearly 18,000 students, and five campuses across Kent, its courses span a wide range of academic and professional expertise.

• In 2010 the Faculty of Education received top grades in its Ofsted report for primary, secondary and post-compulsory programmes, together with its employment-based routes into teaching. The University’s primary provision has the unique record of having been awarded the highest Ofsted grades in all inspections since 1996.
• Over 90 per cent of our graduates gain employment or are in further study in the first six months after graduating.
• Along with over a thousand undergraduate, postgraduate and professional training courses on offer, we are also home to world-leading and internationally recognised research in Education, History, Music and Sports Related Studies.
• Canterbury Christ Church University was founded in 1962 by the Church of England as a teacher training college.



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