The University of Salford

Professor Helen Marshall has been Vice-Chancellor since April 2015, having joined the University of Salford in November 2013 as Deputy Vice-Chancellor.

Helen has led the University through a significant strategic renewal, creating a 21st Century version of the institution's industrial heritage through the Industry Collaboration Zones (ICZ) Strategy. The ICZs offer a real-world approach to learning with a flexible, industry-informed and research-based curriculum co-created with industry. Helen's leadership is positioning Salford as the university of choice for students wanting a hands-on, work-based high-quality learning experience and also for industry wanting to engage in applied research and to recruit work-ready, dynamic graduates. As a result of this strategic leadership the University has seen growth in overall student numbers along with improvements in league table rankings and other external benchmarks such as the NSS.

Prior to joining the University Helen was Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic and Business Development) at the University of South Wales from 2010, and in her time there, she led on academic and business development initiatives. She was responsible for the development of a new curriculum in creative industries, the establishment of a Centre for Financial and Professional Services and the review and renewal of the law curriculum. She also led on widening participation and was Director for the University of South Wales' Universities Heads of the Valleys Institute (UHOVI) - a ground breaking initiative backed by the Welsh Government to provide opportunities for local people and businesses to improve skills and qualifications by making learning accessible across the Valleys region. The UHOVI was recognised with a national Guardian Higher Education Award in 2013.