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Pro Vice-Chancellors

Joel Arber

Pro Vice-Chancellor (External Relations)

Joel Arber

Joel joined the University in 2010 as Director of Marketing and Communications. He currently serves on the leadership team as Pro Vice-Chancellor (External Relations) with responsibility for external engagement and policy shaping.

A graduate of the University of Edinburgh, where he read Economic History, Joel spent the first 14 years of his career working in marketing roles and at advertising agencies across a wide range of clients, including Marks and Spencer, Rolls-Royce and the Royal Bank of Scotland. His transition into the higher education sector followed two years working with the Open University’s marketing agency as their Client Services Director and an adviser on brand and direct marketing.

A passionate strategic marketer, communications expert and senior leader, Joel has a strong understanding of brand and communications planning, and has executed both across myriad media including television, direct marketing, press, outdoor, internal communications and an array of online formats. Joel is a multiple HEIST Gold Award winner.

Current responsibilities

  • Regional and national political, cultural and business engagement
  • Policy shaping

Committee membership

  • Academic Board
  • Honorary Awards Committee

Representation on external bodies

  • Marketing Lancashire Board
  • University Alliance Communications Network Group
  • National Council for Graduate Entrepreneurship Board
  • Preston Cultural Framework Board
  • Fylde Coast Academy Trust Board
  • (Chair) Cockerham School Board of Governors

Janusz Jankowski

Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research)

Professor of Medicine

Janusz Jankowski

Professor Jankowski initially joined the University as Professor of Medicine and Academic Lead for the West Lakes Campus early in 2016. He established the academic infrastructure and prepared student placements whilst continuing his sector-leading research and working as a clinical executive and consultant to North Cumbria University Hospitals.

Professor Jankowski is now at the main campus and has taken on additional roles as the Pro Vice Chancellor Research. He is responsible for ensuring that the Universities research is internationally recognised for its quality and impact. He also overseas the Research Strategy and the Research Excellence framework and is a practising clinician at Lancaster Royal Infirmary and Executive on hospital boards in the North West.

Janusz supports the sustained achievement of high quality teaching and research in order to provide a positive undergraduate and postgraduate experience and high levels of student satisfaction. He works closely alongside other senior colleagues to help shape, develop and deliver the University’s strategic aims, operational plans and key objectives. He has considerable experience of creating large multi-disciplinary and world-class clinical, research, education and enterprise teams over the past 22 years.

Areas of research expertise

  • Basic, Translational and Genomic Gastroenterology
  • Cancer Prevention
  • Large Clinical Trials
  • Large Systematic Evidence Based Reviews

Committee membership

  • Academic Board
  • University Research and Innovation Committee
  • Honorary Awards Committee
  • TRAC Finance Committee

Representation on external bodies

  • Consultant Physician and Clinical Excutive Board Member
  • Expert Advisor National Institute for Clinical Excellence and Health
  • Chief Executive Officer F.O.R.T Charity
  • Director of EAGLE/ASPIRIN Consortia
  • Chair of the Industry Liaison Group and Treasurer for International Society for the Diseases of the Esophagus

Scott Mulholland

Pro Vice-Chancellor (Corporate Development)

Scott Mulholland

Scott joined the University in October 2016. The corporate development remit is broad and varied but the core responsibility is to lead the development and monitoring of UCLan’s corporate planning at strategic and operational levels. Scott will work in partnership with key stakeholders including academic and professional services colleagues and the Student Union to ensure their active engagement. 

Scott has held senior roles in operations, project and programme management for more than 20 years in the UK, Singapore and New Zealand. His experience extends to the private sector, local and central government, but most of this time has been spent in universities including Robert Gordon, Salford, Glasgow, Bradford, Brunel and most recently East London. He has a strong track record of developing strategy and galvanising the commitment of large teams around a shared purpose.

Between 2013-2016, Scott served as Director of Zendu Consulting Limited, an independent business he founded with the ambition to enhance the contribution of professional services within Higher Education by delivering operational excellence and effective change.

Scott graduated from the Robert Gordon University with a MSc in e-Business. He is currently working on a part time Phd which focuses on operational excellence and change in Higher Education.

Current responsibilities

  • Corporate planning and KPIs
  • Organisational change

Committee membership

  • Senior Leadership Team

Representation on external bodies

  • Fellow of the Association of University Administrators
  • Member of the Association for Project Management