Office of the Vice-Chancellor

Vice-Chancellor and Vice-Chancellor's Executive

Dr Chris Bussell
Pro Vice-Chancellor and Dean of the College of Life and Natural Sciences

Dr Chris Bussell is the Pro Vice-Chancellor and Dean of the College of Life and Natural Sciences, which is composed of the School of Human Sciences and the School of Environmental Sciences. Chris's academic field is in human physiology, with particular focus on responses and adaptation to high performance and health outcomes arising through increased participation in physical activity.

Paula Holt, College of Health and Social Care
Pro Vice-Chancellor and Dean of the College of Health, Psychology and Social Care

Dr Paula Holt MBE, is the Pro Vice-Chancellor (PVC) Dean of the College of Health, Psychology and Social Care, which comprises of two schools - the School of Nursing and Professional Practice and the School of Allied Health and Social Care.

June Hughes
University Secretary and Registrar

June Hughes is the University Secretary and Registrar. Her role spans all aspects of our academic administration and student services across all sites from admissions to graduation.

Director of Finance

Craig Jones is the University’s Director of Finance. Prior to joining Derby in June 2020, he was a finance and corporate services director in housing and social care regulated businesses. Craig’s background is in the global professional services firms, including PwC and Deloitte.  

Russ Langley looking at the camera
Chief Performance Officer

Russ Langley is the Chief Performance Officer at the University of Derby. As such, he is Executive lead for Student Recruitment and Marketing; Communications (including Development and Alumni Relations, and Events); International; Strategic Insight and Planning; Partnerships; and the Change and Portfolio Management Office.

Professor Warren Manning sat outside the University's STEM building
Provost - Innovation and Research

Professor Warren Manning is Provost - Innovation and Research. He drives forward the University's strategic ambitions for research excellence, knowledge exchange and commercial and enterprise activities. His academic background is in Mechanical Engineering, specialising in vehicle dynamics, chassis control systems and automotive mechatronics.

Keith McLay
Pro Vice-Chancellor and Dean of the College of Arts, Humanities and Education

Professor Keith McLay is Pro Vice-Chancellor and Dean of the College of Arts, Humanities and Education, comprising the School of Arts, the School of Humanities and Journalism and the Institute of Education. He provides executive leadership for the College while, as an early modern military and naval historian, he continues to research and write, and he teaches on some History modules.

Professor Kathryn Mitchell, Vice-Chancellor
Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive

Professor Kathryn Mitchell is the Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive of the University of Derby. Her academic background is in Psychology and she continues to play an active role in research.

Kamil Omoteso, Dean of Business Law and Social Science
Pro Vice-Chancellor and Dean of the College of Business, Law and Social Sciences

Professor Kamil Omoteso is Pro Vice-Chancellor and Dean of the College of Business, Law and Social Sciences, comprising Derby Business School, School of Law and Social Sciences and Centre for Contemporary Hospitality and Tourism. He is passionate about student experience, graduate employability and innovation, and keen to build a sustainable research culture and enhance business engagement.

Director of Human Resources

Sarah Setchell is the Director of Human Resources. She is a practitioner in MSP (Managing Successful Programmes) and Change Management, and is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD).

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