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Vice-Provosts and Academic Directors

Vice-Provosts / Chairs of Faculty

The Vice-Provosts / Chairs of Faculty support the Provost in providing academic leadership to Departments in their Faculty and represent their Faculty on a number of University committees. They also lead on specific initiatives in relation to activities with their faculty and play ambassadorial and ceremonial roles in support of the University’s activities and strategy.

Vice-Provost / Chair of the Board of the Faculty of Arts - Professor Rachel Moseley

Rachel is a Professor of Film and Television History, Vice-Provost and Chair of the Faculty of Arts.

She has published widely on questions of representation, identity and popular aesthetics. Her most recent books have looked at stop-frame animation in British children’s television of the 1960s and 1970s in Hand-Made Television, Palgrave, 2016, and at the politics of landscape and place on screen in Picturing Cornwall, University of Exeter Press, 2018. Public engagement and research impact have been significant aspects of her work in recent years, in the Midlands and in Cornwall. Rachel completed her PhD at Warwick in 2000, after graduating from University of East Anglia with an MA (with Distinction) in Film Studies, and before that from Warwick with a BA Joint Honours (First Class) in Film and Literature. She has been an active supporter for widening participation in arts education at Warwick and beyond, and is a Parent Governor at a state secondary school in Birmingham. see more...Link opens in a new window

PA: Jessica Hill / Samantha Gane, Email:

Vice-Provost / Chair of the Board of the Faculty of Science, Engineering and Medicine - Professor Mike Ward

Mike is a Professor of Inorganic Chemistry, Vice-Provost and Chair of the Faculty of Science, Engineering and Medicine.

Mike did his BA at Cambridge, studying Natural Sciences (1983-1986) and specialising in chemistry. He remained in Cambridge for his PhD (1986-1989) then, after a post-doc in Strasbourg, he started his independent academic career in Bristol in 1990. After 13 years there he moved to Sheffield in 2003 and, after 14 years in Sheffield, he moved to the University of Warwick in 2017 as Head of Department, a job which he has done for six years. He has won Royal Society of Chemistry awards for his research at different career stages, most recently the Supramolecular Chemistry award for 2016, as well as a Warwick teaching (WATE) award for 2021. Mike’s research interests are all based around the coordination and supramolecular chemistry of transition metal and lanthanide ions and their multinuclear assemblies.

Mike has been involved with the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) in various capacities, including membership of two journal editorial boards. He is currently (2022 – 2025) President of the RSC’s ‘Dalton Community’ inorganic chemistry division. see more...Link opens in a new window

PA: Joy Montgomery, Email:

Vice-Provost / Chair of the Board of the Faculty of Social Sciences - Professor James Hayton

James is a Professor of Innovation and Human Resource Management, Vice-Provost and Chair of the Faculty of Social Sciences.

James has served as Pro-Dean in Warwick Business School since 2017. He is a Senior Fellow at the Institute for the Future of Work ( James is former Dean at Rutgers University (US) School of Management and Labor Relations. His area of expertise is the management of people and organisations to build capacity for innovation, entrepreneurship and strategic renewal. He teaches on these topics in the WBS Executive MBA and Executive Education programmes. Author of over 100 articles, reports and books in both innovation and human resource management, his work has been recognised with several awards and is rated as one of the worlds top 2% of researchers by citations. see more...Link opens in a new window

PA: Rose Clark, Email:

Academic Directors

The Academic Directors support the Provost in providing academic leadership for specific university initiatives and lead on a programme of activities which supports the University’s Excellence with Purpose 2030 strategyLink opens in a new window. The areas covered currently include SustainabilityLink opens in a new window, STEM Connect ProgrammeLink opens in a new window and Social Sciences Connect ProgrammeLink opens in a new window.

Academic Director (Sustainability) - Professor Stephanie Panichelli-Batalla

Stephanie is a Professor in Global Sustainable Development and Academic Director (Sustainability).

Stephanie was the Head of the School for Cross-Faculty Studies before taking on the academic director for sustainability role. She did her BA and MA in Romance Philology at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (Belgium), and her PhD at the University of Granada (Spain) in Hispanic Philology. She joined Warwick from Aston University in 2017 after working first in the United States (Princeton University and Wingate University). Stephanie has been researching Cuba for the past twenty years, with a particular interest in Cuban culture, social justice and more recently, Cuba’s involvement in global health.

As Head of the School for Cross-Faculty Studies, she has led on the growth of the UG and PG programmes in the different divisions of the School, while also setting up more recently a new division in Design Studies as well as providing support to the growth of the School’s research Institute, the IGSD. Stephanie also has a keen interest in Education for Sustainable Development. Last year she co-lead the ITLR common theme on ESD and became a member of ESSAG (Environmental and Social Sustainability Action Group), providing input on the education strand of the University’s Sustainability Strategy. She also co-directs the recently launched ESD at Warwick Network. see more...Link opens in a new window

Academic Director (STEM Connect Programme) - Professor Mark Williams

Mark is Leader of the Centre for imaging, Metrology, and Additive Technology (CiMAT) at WMG and Academic Director (STEM Connect Programme).

Mark's role involves the delivery of Metrology, Additive Manufacturing and Visualisation research projects across a wide range of industries. He has managed a portfolio of Research and Development projects funded by EPSRC, AHRC, BBSRC, InnovateUK, HVM Catapult and EU within the Automotive, Aerospace, Healthcare, Defence and Law Enforcement sectors. He is a Chartered Engineer with the UK Engineering Council, a Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (FIMechE), a professional Member (MCSFS) of The Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences (CSFS), and an associate member of the British Association in Forensic Medicine (BAFM). Recent projects have seen a diversification into the domain of Criminal Forensics working on high profile Homicide cases with West Midlands Police and digital conservation within Heritage and Archaeology sectors. He is also Co-Director for the NXCT X-ray Computed Tomography National Research Facility (NRF) funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC). see more...Link opens in a new window

Academic Director (Social Sciences Connect Programme) - Professor Caroline Elliott

Caroline is a Professor of Economics and Academic Director (Social Sciences Connect Programme).

Caroline joined the University of Warwick in September 2020 and was previously Deputy Chair of the Faculty of Social Sciences with responsibility for Education, and the Deputy Head of the Economics Department (Teaching and Learning). Caroline has previously worked at the universities of Aston, Huddersfield, Lancaster and Manchester. Her undergraduate degree is in PPE from Oxford University, with her Masters and PhD from the University of Manchester. Caroline is a PFHEA.

Beyond the University of Warwick, Caroline is a member of the Regulatory Policy Committee and Deputy Director of the Economics Network.

Caroline's research spans applied industrial economics with published research looking at firms' advertising, quality signalling and pricing decisions, and firms' responses to competition policy investigations. She has also published in the fields of applied education economics and pedagogy, with a long-standing interest into the use of appropriate technologies in teaching. see more...Link opens in a new window