Professor Steve West UWE Vice Chancellor on the top 50 higher education power list

Issue date: 26 March 2015


Professor Steve West

Professor Steve West, Vice Chancellor of the University of the West of England (UWE Bristol), is the 45th most influential person in higher education and the 10th most influential UK Vice Chancellor according to Higher Education Power List – 2015.

Compiled by an independent panel of HE experts, the 2015 HE Power List represents the top 50 movers and shakers in English higher education. The list shows who has the most influence in the sector and who will be instrumental in shaping its future.

It is the first time that the list has been compiled and the top 50 names set the agenda – often behind the scenes, sometimes in full view, inside and outside of universities and across the world of politics and policy making.

Mark Leach Founder, Director and Editor of Wonkhe, wrote, “Putting this together has been a fascinating process. There is of course no scientific way to measure power, so the best we could do was assemble an excellent collection of HE observers and thrash it out – both a framework for decision-making as well as the names and their placement. Policy influence has been the overriding theme through the process and given that is our main concern as a community concerned with higher education policy, it felt like the best place to start.”

Professor Steve West said, “It is critical for Vice Chancellors to be visible and active taking up key posts on lobbying groups and engaging with the wider community. My role as Chairperson of the University Alliance has placed me on the national stage and provided me with access to the top decision makers in the land. I was also third most influential Business Leader across the South West this year due to my role as CBI Regional Chair and President of Business West. I believe that it is crucial that universities are seen to be connecting and influencing businesses as well as communities and politicians. It's about bridge building and creating new opportunities for growth.”

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