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Professor Emma Flynn


Professor Emma Flynn is Provost at the University of Warwick where she supports the Vice-Chancellor in the academic leadership of the University.

A key aspect of her role is leading the development and delivery of the University’s academic strategy, ensuring that Warwick remains competitive and relevant within HE and beyond. She is responsible for the efficient and effective use of academic resources, including departmental resources, capital planning and space management, and information resources.

Emma joined Warwick in August 2023 leaving Queen’s University Belfast, where she was the Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research and Enterprise. Emma did her undergraduate degree at Southampton University, and her PhD in the ESRC Centre for Research in Development, Instruction and Training at the University of Nottingham. After a lectureship at the University of St Andrews, Emma joined Durham University where she took on a variety of leadership roles ultimately ending up as Deputy Provost. Emma is a psychologist whose research investigates the production and transmission of innovation. She has extensive international collaborative links with biologists, philosophers, computer scientists and statisticians.

Through her leadership roles Emma has worked closely with local and national bodies to support the development and utilisation of world-leading research to have significant disciplinary, societal, environmental and economic impact. She has also been a member of working groups aimed at improving international partnerships, global talent attraction and retention, and the role of place in innovation strategies. Within the university sector she has overseen international recruitment campaigns, established integrated planning and strategy structures, and led culture change agendas.