New Director of Engineering Curriculum

10 November 2017

Canterbury Christ Church University is delighted to announce the appointment of Dr Anne Nortcliffe as its new Director of Engineering Curriculum.

Dr Nortcliffe will lead on the development of the new curriculum for the Kent and Medway Engineering, Design, Growth and Enterprise EDGE Hub, a major initiative designed to support the regional economy by addressing higher level skills shortages in STEM subjects.


Dr Anne Nortcliffe

Anne joins Christ Church from Sheffield Hallam University, where she designed, led and contributed to a wide range of computing and engineering programmes, and was also the lead for Industrial Collaborative Engineering courses.

The University’s plans to introduce EDGE Hub were recently given government seal of approval with two major funding allocations totalling £13 million. The funding will contribute to the creation of a multi-million pound facility in Canterbury in 2020 with supporting STEM centres across Kent and Medway.

Professor Helen James, Senior Pro Vice-Chancellor (Education, Enhancement and Student Experience), said:

“We are delighted that Anne joins us at this exciting stage in our plans to introduce new engineering, science and technology subjects.

“Anne brings extensive experience in higher education and industry, and she will play an important role in delivering courses, facilities and innovation services that will shape major opportunities for regional growth and inward investment.”

The University is working alongside businesses and industry to develop the EDGE Hub, ensuring it produces high-skilled, work-ready graduates to support the Kent and Medway economy, while strongly promoting inclusivity, diversity and innovation.

Dr Anne Nortcliffe, Director of Engineering Curriculum, said: “I am delighted to be here, this is an exciting opportunity for Canterbury Christ Church and the Kent community. It’s a great opportunity to develop an engineering curriculum from scratch that is inclusive for all and meets Kent and UK’s long-term engineering needs.”

Notes to Editor

Anne Nortcliffe’s biography:

  • 1991 Chemistry BSc - University of Sheffield
  • Control Engineering MSc - University of Bradford and Universidad de Valladolid, Spain
  • Software industry researching and developing systems for Nuclear and Chemical Industry. Simultaneously an Associate Lecturer in engineering at the University of Huddersfield.
  • PhD in pH control of Waste Water, University of Sheffield and Associate Lecturer in engineering at the University of Huddersfield, and University of Sheffield on the Faculty of Science/Engineering PhD Grad’ and MSc programmes.
  • 2000 Sheffield Hallam University - progressed from Associate Lecturer to Lecturer, Senior Lecturer and then Principal Lecturer across a wide variety of computing, and engineering courses; initially computer networks to latterly aerospace and food engineering. 
  • Other senior roles at Sheffield Hallam University included Learning, Teaching and Assessment and Programme Lead of Industrial Collaborative Engineering courses.  

Canterbury Christ Church University

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

With 17,000 students across Kent and Medway, its courses span a wide range of academic and professional subject areas.

  • Over 94% of our UK undergraduates were in employment or further studies six months after completing their studies*.
  • We are one of the South East’s largest providers of education, training and skills leading to public service careers.

*2015/16 Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education survey

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