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Professor Mike Thomas
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Professor Thomas joined UCLan in the summer of 2014 from the University of Chester where he was Pro Vice Chancellor (Academic) for four years. A graduate of the University of Manchester where he studied healthcare he holds a Masters in Law from John Moore’s University, gained a PhD in Psychotherapy from the University of Nottingham and is an alumni of the Said Business School, University of Oxford.
He carries out research into the area of compassion and kindness in leadership and supervises a number of PhD students who explore management and leadership with particular emphasis on stewardship, values and resilience. He is an advisor to external recruitment organisations.
He is Chair of several external Regional Boards and serves on a number of national committees, has led three social enterprise companies and continues to act as a consultant to third sector organisations and start-ups.
An ex-submariner Mike has worked on projects for many years which support military discharged service personnel to find new life and career opportunities. He works with a team of active ex-service academics and those with a special interest or specialism in the field of transition support and is the Director of the College for Veterans and Emergency Services.
Professor Thomas is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and the Royal Society for the Arts and a Member of the British Psychological Society.
Representation on External Bodies
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Michael has extensive experience of designing and delivering strategic and operational change programmes both within business information systems and in wider a business context. Michael has 10 years experience in technical and engineering roles and 15 years in strategic leadership roles. Since joining UCLan in 1998 Michael has been responsible for transforming the technical IT team into a valued university business partner. In 2008 Michael led the creation of Learning and Information Services (LIS), joining UCLan’s IT and Library services into one integrated service. Since then LIS has also taken on responsibility for all technical and digital services around the university.
Prior to joining UCLan Michael worked within Bolton Metro (Leisure) as IT & Support Services Manager where he was responsible for creating and establishing the organisation’s IT Services and delivered their first IT infrastructure based on distributed LANs.
Prior to this Michael worked for Bass Brewers as Head of Production Services where he was responsible for leading and managing the deployment of large production systems at some of Europe’s largest brewing, productions and distribution plants.
Before joining Bass Brewers Michael worked for British Gas North Western, originally in Customer Services before moving onto Productivity Services.
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Lynne is Pro Vice-Chancellor at the University of Central Lancashire with responsibility for academic development, employability and partnerships. Previously Lynne was Dean of the Lancashire Law School at UCLan.
Lynne has many years’ experience of curriculum development, quality assurance and enhancement of student experience across educational disciplines and in legal professional and academic education. She has been involved on panels as a chair or member reviewing quality and student experience in more than 30 international institutions and at many UK universities and colleges, as well as undertaking roles on various Boards of Governors. She is an Assessor of legal education provision for the legal professional bodies in England and Wales. She has participated in national working parties and groups to review and enhance education and policy.
Lynne works closely with the University’s international office to enhance international student experience and has travelled widely to support international students. As chair of the University’s UK and Overseas Partnership review panel and as Dean she helped to develop UCLan’s work with partner Universities and Colleges from several countries. .
Alongside her academic background, Lynne is a practising lawyer with expertise in Trusts and Property laws and has several years’ experience in private practice. She has a strong professional and academic interest in education law, equality and diversity law and in social issues around improvement of social mobility and access to justice. She has contributed as a key note speaker at several UK and international conferences and advisory meetings on these issues, including conferences organised with senior members of the Chinese Government to discuss proposals for Constitutional reform relating to equality and diversity in Chinese education.
Lynne has led several externally funded high value research projects, frequently working in collaboration with international partners. She has been involved in developing employer networks, industry Knowledge Transfer Partnerships and social enterprises to help to improve students’ employability and enterprise skills, their resilience and to raise their aspirations.
Lynne is a Member of the following UCLan Committees
Representation on External Bodies
Interim Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic)
Personal AssistantLynn Bryne
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Gai is Pro Vice-Chancellor at the University of Central Lancashire with responsibility for Student Experience, Retention and Widening Participation. Previously Gai’s most recent roles at Salford were interim Pro Vice Chancellor Learning and Teaching and Associate Dean (Academic) within the College of Science and Technology at Salford University.
Gai had many years’ experience of teaching and learning at Salford and taught on the Environmental Health and Public Health Programmes at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. Her teaching and research interests lie in urban vector management. Undertaking research in urban environments, particularly domestic dwellings is challenging, but ameliorating the risks posed by rodent and insect pests is a vital part of improving and protecting public and environmental health. At Salford she led on the development of a revised annual programme monitoring system which enabled more prompt consideration of student data. She also reviewed the operation of peer observation of teaching, encouraging interdisciplinary observations within and across schools.
She is Governor at Canon Slade School, Bolton and a Quality Assurance Agency Institutional Reviewer, which gives her the opportunity to visit other Higher Education Institutions in the UK and review and reflect on practice at other HEI’s in their delivery of learning and teaching.
Gai is a Member of the following UCLan Committees:
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Deborah trained as a Chartered Accountant with Arthur Young in Manchester after completing her degree at Lancaster University. Following qualification, she moved into industry and spent several years working in the fast moving consumer goods’ sector of chilled food production in a variety of financial roles before becoming a director of a small quoted company which specialised in furniture manufacture. Eventually she returned to the North West and moved into the Education sector when she took up the post of Group Financial Controller with UCLan in 2002. She was promoted to Finance Director in 2012.
Deborah has line-management responsibility for
Deputy Vice-Chancellor (International)
Professor Robin Pollard
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Professor Robin Pollard commenced at UCLan in late 2014 as Deputy Vice-Chancellor (International). He currently also has responsibilities for research performance and strategy implementation.
Robin is an accomplished leader of university developments. His experience extends to the building of overseas campuses, forging and managing international partnerships, large-scale organisational change including campus transfers, and the development of online education.
Robin trained in New Zealand as a condensed matter physicist specialising in magnetism at low temperatures and with high magnetic fields, including in disordered alloys, fine particles, iron oxides and hydroxides, and in transition metal chalcogenides and di-halides. He held research positions at the University of Manitoba, Canada and at the University of California, San Diego as physicist and research chemist.
Following a move to Australia, he became interested in transnational education, and contributed to the internationalisation of Monash University in Melbourne. His academic interests expanded to include marketing and information technology.
He was the foundation Head, School of Business and Information Technology in 1998-2000, upon the opening of the first foreign branch campus in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
In 2004-2007 Robin was a Pro- and Deputy Vice-Chancellor at the University of New England, with responsibilities for internationalisation, development and human resources.
He subsequently returned to the Monash Malaysia campus in 2007-2012 as Chief Executive and President, and contributed to the development of the campus as the pre-eminent Malaysian private university.
In 2013 Robin led a regional campus to exit the Monash family and join Federation University Australia. As Academic Vice-President (Campus Transition and Partnerships) in 2013-2014, he facilitated the transition of a campus in Johannesburg to a new partnership with Laureate Education, and provided academic leadership for a partnership with Pearson to develop and deliver postgraduate courses online.