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Professor Dame Nancy Rothwell, President & Vice-Chancellor, The University of Manchester


Professor Dame Nancy Rothwell, FRS, President & Vice-Chancellor of The University of Manchester, leads by example. Her own research in the field of neuroscience has contributed towards major advances in the understanding and treatment of brain damage in stroke and head injury. She joined theVictoria University of Manchester in 1987, became Professorof Physiology in 1994 and held an MRC Research Chair from 1998 to 2010. Concurrent with her Faculty posts she has also held University roles as Vice-President for Research (2004-2007) and as Deputy President & Deputy Vice-Chancellor (2007-2010). She was elected Fellow of the Royal Society in June 2004 and made Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire in June 2005, in recognition of her services to science. Professor Rothwell took up the post of President & Vice-Chancellor of the University in July 2010. She is the first woman to lead The University of Manchester or either of its two predecessor institutions. She is the founding President of the Society of Biology, a non-executive Director of AstraZeneca, co-Chair of the Prime Minister’s Council for Science and Technology, a Royal Society Council member, a Deputy Lieutenant for Greater Manchester and a member of the Greater Manchester Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) Board. Professor Rothwell takes a strong and active interest in public communication of science and regularly gives talks to schools and the public and contributes to television, radio and press, particular on sensitive issues in science. In 1998 she delivered the Royal Institution Christmas Lectures, televised by the BBC.

Ken Sloan, Registrar and Chief Operating Officer, University of Warwick Ken Sloan

Ken Sloan joined the University in February 2012 and is responsible for the administration of the University under the direction of the Vice-Chancellor and President, Professor Nigel Thrift. Prior to his appointment at Warwick, Ken was Director for Universities and Higher Education for international services company SERCO with responsibility for broadening and strengthening the company's relationship with universities and related organisations. Ken’s first professional appointment was as a Graduate Trainee with KPMG where he worked as part of the Public Sector (Education) group. He first joined Warwick in 1997 as a Schools Liaison Officer. He served in a number of posts including in the Academic Office; as Corporate Director of the National Academy for Gifted and Talented Youth; as Director of Campus Affairs and was appointed Deputy Registrar in February 2008. He was also a member of the University’s Residential Team, and he undertook and completed a Distance Learning MBA at Warwick Business School. Ken has spoken extensively on service development & innovation, including partnerships between universities and the private sector, at conferences in the UK, Europe and Southern Asia.

Professor Teresa Rees, CBE AcSS FLSW


Teresa Rees is a Professor in the School of Social Sciences at Cardiff University (now part time), where she was Pro Vice Chancellor from 2004-10. Her research focuses on gender mainstreaming and is designed to inform evidence-based policy to promote gender equality. She is a long term expert adviser to the European Commission on mainstreaming equalities in universities through structural change, and on integrating a sex and gender dimension into scientific research to improve its quality. She is currently leading a European Commission funded research project on gender segregation and equal pay (Women Adding Value to the Economy – WAVE, 2012-15).

Professor Jadranka Gvozdanović, Chair at Heidelberg University (Comparative Slavic Linguistics)jadranka

She has been Equal Opportunities Officer of the University of Heidelberg since 2005. Her general specialization is in the field of functional evaluation of variation – in linguistics of language variation (AATSEEL best book in Slavic Linguistics 2010). In terms of Equal Opportunities, she is also specialised in methods of structural evaluation of diversity, with particular focus on gender. In Equal Opportunities, the University of Heidelberg applies qualitative and quantitative methods to evaluate the measures and adjust the Gender Action Plan. In order to achieve structural improvement, all the units accountable for female employment and career progress are involved, with due attention paid to discipline specificities represented by the faculties. Professor Gvozdanovic is one of the authors of the LERU position paper “Women, research and universities: excellence without gender bias”