Press Release

18 September 2014

Canterbury Christ Church University is delighted to welcome Professor Helen James as Pro Vice-Chancellor (Education and Student Experience).

Professor Helen James
Professor Helen James

This new role will see Professor James take responsibility for Student Experience, Learning and Teaching, Quality and Standards, Student Support, Health and Wellbeing, Learning Resources and Curriculum.

Professor Rama Thirunamachandran, Vice-Chancellor of Canterbury Christ Church University, said: “Professor James brings extensive and diverse experience from industry, further education and the university sector. She has shown strong strategic academic leadership in delivering exceptional student experience and academic developments through her previous roles.”

“We are delighted to welcome her to Christ Church and recognise that her experience and skills will advance our support for students and ensure that we continue to place student experience at the heart of all of our work.”

Helen James, Pro Vice-Chancellor (Education and Student Experience) and Professor of Higher Education Policy and Practice, said: ”I am delighted to be joining Canterbury Christ Church University as it moves into its next phase of development. It is a wonderful opportunity to join such a vibrant and supportive community.”

“The University’s Overall Student Satisfaction rating, according to the National Student Survey, has recorded its highest ever satisfaction level this year, and I look forward to working with all my colleagues to ensure that we deliver a first class experience for our students.”

Professor James joins from Glyndwr University where as Pro Vice-Chancellor (Learning and Teaching) she had a broad portfolio including responsibilities for student experience and success, academic portfolio, learning and teaching, employability and had Institutional lead for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) and economic development.

Professor James started work as a mechanical engineering apprentice in the shipbuilding industry before graduating from the University of Leicester with a BSc (Hons) in Engineering. She became a design engineer in the space industry before lecturing in Mechanical Engineering. She later obtained a Masters Degree in Education from the University of Sussex.

In 1999 she was the founding Head of Business Services at the University of Brighton and in 2001 joined Glyndwr University, obtaining a Doctorate of Business Administration in Higher Education Management from the University of Bath in 2010.

Professor James holds a number of national roles in professional bodies related to both higher education as well as engineering. She is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers and in 2005 was named Woman of Year for Science and Technology in Wales.

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 20,000 students across Kent and Medway, its courses span a wide range of academic and professional subject areas.

  • 93% of our most recent UK graduates were in employment or further studies six months after completing their studies*.
  • We are the number one choice for local people looking to study at university in Kent (2013 UCAS).
  • We are one of the South East’s largest providers of education, training and skills leading to public service careers.

*2012/13 Destination of Leavers from Higher Education survey


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