Professor Philip Plowden

Philip Plowden

Position: Deputy Vice-Chancellor

Department: Executive

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I am the Deputy Vice-Chancellor with responsibility with lead responsibility for the University's academic heart – our portfolio of academic programmes, the quality of our learning and teaching, and the experience of our students.   My key role is to ensure that our work in learning and teaching continues to meet the high standards for which the University is known, and continues to develop to meet the needs of new generations of students.

I have the responsibility for line management of a number of our academic colleges – Arts; Engineering and Technology; and Law Humanities and Social Sciences.  I also have oversight of the university’s Joint Honours Scheme.  Additionally I oversee the university’s International Department, which is responsible for international recruitment and for the welfare of, and support for, our international student community, and I oversee our Marketing and Recruitment Department.  Additionally I oversee the work done by our Department of Learning Enhancement, which leads on academic quality matters and on learning and teaching support and enhancement.

Additional responsibilities include: liaison with the Students Union; championing environmental matters in the university; and oversight of the conferment process for professorial and other academic titles. 

Professional interests

I joined the University in 2011 after almost 20 years at Northumbria University in Newcastle, where I was Dean of the School of Law. My first degree was in English, and I initially worked for the Citizens Advice Bureau Service in London for almost a decade before qualifying as a solicitor and working for a leading human rights law practice in London. 

When I started at Northumbria I remained in practice as a lawyer but retrained as a barrister, specialising in human rights and public law. I remained a door tenant at ParkLane Plowden, a leading civil chambers in the North East, until 2015.

I was appointed as a National Teaching Fellow of the Higher Education Academy in 2005 - and I have been closely associated with the development of clinical legal education in the UK, and in building up an international network of legal clinicians, centring on the International Journal of Clinical Legal Education, which I edited for many years.  My research interests have been based in criminal law and practice, and in legal education and pedagogic practice. I also have an interest in the field of privacy law and freedom of information.

Membership of professional bodies

I am a member of the Law Society's Education and Training Committee. I am also a non-executive board member at the Office for Legal Complaints, which manages the Legal Ombudsman scheme.  I am a founding Trustee of the Derby Museums and Art Gallery Trust, and a Trustee at Da Vinci College in Derby.

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