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New Vice-Chancellor appointed at Middlesex University

Professor Shân Wareing has been appointed as the new Vice-Chancellor of Middlesex University.


Professor Shân Wareing will join Middlesex on 22 April 2024 from the University of Northampton where she is Deputy Vice-Chancellor.

The vice-chancellor is the person who leads both the academic and administrative responsibilities for the University. They are the equivalent of the Chief Executive Officer and are named as the University’s accountable officer to the Office for Students.

The Vice-Chancellor:

  • Leads the organisation
  • Answers to the Chair and the Governors
  • With the Executive Team, develops the strategic approach

In terms of interim arrangements, Professor Sean Wellington will step down from his role as Interim Vice-Chancellor. In the period between Sean’s departure and Shân’s arrival in July, Professor Julia Clarke will take on the Interim Vice-Chancellor and Accountable Officer role.

Shân has a strong track record of over 20 years’ leadership experi­ence in higher education. She previously held the roles of Chief Operating Officer and Deputy Vice-Chancellor at University of Northampton, Pro Vice-Chancellor Education and Student Experience at London South Bank University and Pro Vice-Chancellor Learning and Teaching at Buckinghamshire New University.

Shân is Chair of Unite Foundation, a charity supporting care leavers and estranged students. She also sits on several national committees, including the Jisc Senior Education and Student Experience Group and is Chair of AdvanceHE’s Stra­tegic Advisory Group for Leadership and Management. Shân is a National Teaching Fellow, as well as a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

“I was drawn by Middlesex University’s reputation as a vibrant and inclusive institution with a strong track rec­ord of innovation in applied and work-based learning, and for an impressively supportive stu­dent experience. I welcome the opportunity to lead a university which makes a fundamental contribution to the vibrant and exciting North London community, and to work with external stakeholders, including local businesses, community groups and government, to harness the benefits of strong collaborative partnerships for students and for wider society.

I bring to the role a love of education and learning, a passion for social justice, enjoyment at building and working with successful and highly effective teams of staff and students, and a commitment to serving the region. Of course, there are current challenges. But I know that the mission of Middlesex will thrive and continue to make its important contributions to people’s life chances, in London, across the UK and globally, and I am excited to get started working with staff and students, with the University Board and external partners, to shape and realise that future.”

Professor Wareing, Incoming Vice-Chancellor

Professor Wareing was selected for the role by a selection panel comprising independent governors, the student governor who is also the President of the Students’ Union, a staff governor and an external assessor.

“I am delighted to welcome Shân. She will bring a combination of insight, leadership credentials, aspiration, motivation and experi­ence, mindful of the University’s unique history, the importance of its Accelerated Change Programme and its future potential. Already she has shown a clear vision and plan, backed by evidence and optimism, of what she and colleagues would do to lead successfully and build Middlesex’s future.”

Rebecca Lawrence, Chair of the Middlesex Board of Governors.

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