Newman University announces new Vice-Chancellor

09/12/2019 by Sinead Staunton

Jackie Dunne, Newman University Vice-Chancellor

The governing body of Newman University has appointed Professor Jackie Dunne as its next Vice-Chancellor. Professor Dunne will join Newman in March 2020, following the retirement of Professor Scott Davidson.

Professor Dunne is currently Deputy Vice-Chancellor at the University of Wolverhampton, where she has had responsibility for a number of strategic areas including; Widening participation and outreach; Regional engagement and lifelong learning; Digital Strategy; Equality and Diversity; Degree Apprenticeships and the development of the Springfield Campus.

Jackie Dunne graduated in Hispanic Studies from Liverpool University and has an MA in Education and Industry from the University of Warwick, as well as being a Professor of Lifelong Learning and Skills. Jackie has over 25 years of experience of higher education and has held senior management positions, having previously worked at the University of Leicester and Coventry University.

Commenting on her appointment, Professor Dunne, said:

“It is an honour and privilege to be taking up the role of Vice-Chancellor at Newman University. I am delighted to be joining a successful institution with a strong heritage and values base, alongside a clear mission to offer a university experience to all who can benefit. The focus on the individual learner experience and an inclusive environment where students are nurtured and supported to succeed gives Newman a unique offer and I look forward to working with staff and students to take the University to the next stage of its development.”

Jonathan Day, Chair of Newman University’s Council, oversaw the recruitment process. He said: “In a turbulent sector, it was not easy to find the right leader for Newman University. I am very pleased with the outcome after a lengthy search.

Jackie brings to Newman a strong record of academic leadership, a passion for lifelong learning, and a commitment to opening up education to all people from all backgrounds, faiths and cultures. Extensive conversations with Council members, staff and students showed us that Jackie is true to our mission and values. We are delighted that Jackie will be joining us in the Spring.”

Ryan Beasley from the Students’ Union, said: “We are proud to have been so involved in the recruitment of Professor Dunne. Her work around widening participation, distance learning, community engagement and her work with the local West Midlands communities will be of enormous benefit to current and future students at Newman.”

As one of Britain’s first Catholic universities since the reformation, Newman plays a distinctive role in higher education, focusing on the growth and development of the whole person and creating adaptable individuals, where faith, personal development and educational attainment are viewed equally.