We are fortunate to be joined by Professor Helen O’Sullivan, Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Provost from the University of Chester (who you can read more about below) and who will be talking about Changes to the Professional Standards Framework. This will be a hybrid event and hosted at the University of Chester and online – further details and exact timings to follow. Please note that only current Heads of Law who are paid members of CHULS are eligible to attend this event.

 To book your place, simply email janey.robins@chuls.ac.uk by Friday 8 September confirming whether you intend to attend in-person (and if you have any dietary requirements) or online. 


Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Provost, University of Chester

 As Provost and Deputy Vice-Chancellor, I am responsible for providing strategic leadership of the academic function of the University, including the development of the academic portfolio, enhancement of the teaching and learning experience, and leadership of the Deans of Faculty. I joined Chester on 1st April 2021 and before that was Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Education) at Keele University. 

I graduated in molecular biology at the University of Liverpool before taking a PhD in bacterial genetics. After a postdoctoral fellowship, I moved to a lectureship in biological sciences at Liverpool Hope University. I became interested in the psychology of learning and undertook a range of leadership roles including Dean of Sciences and Social Sciences.

In 2006 I moved to the University of Liverpool to lead the HEFCE-funded Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning. The work of the centre helped to shape how medical professionalism is taught across medical schools in the UK. My research focuses on the role of emotional intelligence in developing professionalism and leadership in doctors, and I was promoted to Personal Chair in Medical Education. My subsequent interest in how developments in digital education can support social learning as well as developing flexible, online, and transnational education led to my appointment as Associate Pro Vice-Chancellor for Online Learning at Liverpool. 

I am the Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Association for Learning Technology (ALT) and a member of Jisc’s Senior Education and Student Experience Group.  I recently completed a term as a member of the Advance HE Board and having previously been one of the co-conveners of Advance HE’s DVC/PVC Network, `I am now a co-convener of the Provost/DVC Network. In 2020, I chaired a task and finish group for UUKi that resulted in the publication “Building the global reputation and delivery of UK transnational online higher education” and in 2022-3, I chaired the Steering Group that reviewed and relaunched the Professional Standards Framework.