Issue date: 29 October 2010
Professor Julie Mcleod has been appointed the new Assistant Vice-Chancellor, for teaching, learning and the student experience at the University of the West of England.
Professor Mcleod said of the new post, “I am really delighted at taking up this post; these are new and challenging times for higher education and I think UWE is well-placed to thrive in the post-Browne climate. I bring to the post a strong commitment to put the student voice and experience at the heart of our vision and practice.”
Raised in a services family – her father was a pilot in the RAF – Julie's education was undertaken on a three yearly move across the globe from Kuwait to USA. She completed her secondary education in Germany and following her degree at UCL she started a career as a Medical Laboratory Scientific Officer within the Royal College of Surgeons. It was here that her research interest blossomed and she gained further qualifications, through day release, towards taking up a PhD post investigating the immune-pharmacology of cardiovascular disease in London.
Her postdoctoral research, at Bath University, examining Multiple Sclerosis and Rheumatoid Arthritis provided a springboard to being appointed an SL in Immunology within UWE, Bristol in 1998. In this post she encompassed both academic programme development and the strengthening of her independent research through international funding – focussing on in vitro models of immune ageing and sensitisation. The latter research underpins the EU strategy for replacement of in vivo animal testing.
She was promoted to Reader, Head of School and then Associate Dean Academic where she has had a keen interest in ensuring that the student experience evidence-base, through student surveys and student representation, is central to academic monitoring and evaluation.
Amongst her most successful projects as Associate Dean she counts realigning Work-Based learning as a key university practise with a new university policy and regulatory changes to best recognise the academic challenge and learning undertaken within work placement scenarios which supports the employability of UWE graduates. She has also supported the development of new programmes in Healthcare Science thus ensuring a programme portfolio which recognises the partnership of UWE with NHS stakeholders.
Professor Paul Gough (DVC Academic) says, “I am really pleased at Julie's appointment; we had a strong field in this essential aspect of UWE's work. Julie will bring to the team of AVCs - Professors Ron Ritchie and Martin Boddy - a similar depth of expertise and commitment which will be of real benefit to all our students, stakeholders and partnerships.”