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New Deputy Vice-Chancellor appointed by UCLan

28 July 2014

Chris Theobald

Key role for Professor Mike Thomas

The University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) is delighted to announce the appointment of Professor Mike Thomas to the post of Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic).

Mike will join UCLan from the University of Chester, where he is currently Pro Vice-Chancellor (Academic), on Monday, 1 September 2014.

Since 2010 Mike has been responsible for working directly and strategically with deans and senior managers from the University of Chester’s eight academic faculties. He also served on a number of Chester’s senior executive boards and committees.

UCLan’s Vice-Chancellor Professor Gerry Kelleher said: “We are delighted that someone with Mike’s exceptional breadth and depth of experience is joining us.

“In liaison with UCLan’s Executive Deans, Mike will play a key role in ensuring all our programmes are relevant, challenging and informed by world-leading research to give our graduates the skills they need to set themselves apart in the graduate careers market.”

“I’m a strong believer in the transformative powers of higher education and I’m delighted to be joining a university whose values are centred on putting the needs of students first.”

Professor Thomas added: “I’m very much looking forward to joining UCLan. I’m a strong believer in the transformative powers of higher education and I’m delighted to be joining a university whose values are centred on putting the needs of students first.”

Prior to his Pro Vice-Chancellor role, Mike was the Executive Dean of the Faculty of Health and Social Care at Chester and is an experienced clinician and educator, having worked within a variety of settings.

His management role at the University of Chester was the culmination of a rich and diverse career in which he has pioneered treatment for people with eating disorders, held management posts in industry and the public sector, practised as a mental health nurse and served in the Armed Forces.

Mike undertook his MA in Welfare Law and Social Policy at Liverpool John Moores University and his PhD in Psychotherapeutic Interventions at the University of Nottingham. Previous academic posts have been held at Leeds Metropolitan University, the University of Salford and University of Wales.

Professor Thomas is married with two children and lists his interests outside of work as running, walking the dog, gardening and being active in third sector developments where he works with several charities and boards.