University appoints new Provost to deliver excellence in Learning and Teaching

5 July 2021

Keith McLay

The University of Derby has appointed Professor Keith McLay to the position of Provost – Learning and Teaching, to drive forward its ambitions to provide excellence and opportunities for all students.

Professor McLay joined the University in January 2018 as Pro Vice-Chancellor Dean of the College of Arts, Humanities and Education from Canterbury Christ Church University, where he was Dean of the Faculty of Arts & Humanities.

In his new role, Professor McLay will lead the overall development and delivery of a dynamic and ambitious Learning and Teaching strategy across the whole University. He will build on Derby’s long-standing reputation for teaching excellence, ensuring the development of sector-leading flexible, integrated learning that aligns to the needs of learners, not just now but in the future.

Commenting on his appointment, Professor Keith McLay, said: “I am delighted to be moving into this role during what is a transformational time for Learning and Teaching at Derby. The culture of teaching excellence plays a crucial role in enhancing and enriching our academic delivery, nurturing productive links between teaching, research and professional practice. 

“I look forward to working closely with PVC-Deans and colleagues to continue the development and enhancement of the University’s outstanding academic student experience across our diverse student population.

“Key to this will be ensuring that learning, teaching and assessment is supported by pedagogic practice and research, is flexible, digitally enabled and underpinned by continuing professional development.”

Professor Kathryn Mitchell DL, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Derby, added: “At Derby, we are an inclusive University that is constantly striving for excellence and opportunities for our students. We are passionate about widening access and giving all our students the best possible experience. This role demonstrates the investment we are making in our staff and in our Learning and Teaching strategy to help us achieve this.

“Professor McLay’s knowledge and understanding of applied learning and teaching will be instrumental in supporting and enhancing our approach to building and developing student careers by creating opportunities; growing networks by connecting communities; and advancing knowledge by delivering impact.” 

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