Professor Helen O'Sullivan

Pro Vice-Chancellor (Education)

Helen O'Sullivan

Title: Pro Vice-Chancellor (Education)
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Professor Helen O’Sullivan

As Pro Vice-Chancellor for Education, Professor O’Sullivan takes strategic leadership for all aspects of education at Keele, and is currently interested in how developments in digital education can support social learning as well as expanding the Keele community through developing flexible, online and transnational education. She joined Keele on 1st January 2018 and before that was Associate Pro Vice-Chancellor for Online Learning at the University of Liverpool.
Helen graduated in molecular biology at the University of Liverpool before taking a PhD in bacterial genetics.

After a postdoctoral fellowship at Liverpool, she moved to a lectureship in biological sciences at what is now Liverpool Hope University. She became interested in the psychology of learning and undertook a range of leadership roles including Dean of Sciences and Social Sciences.

Helen moved to the University of Liverpool in 2006 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 and internationally, and during this time, Helen set up the UK Council for Teachers of Professionalism. Her research focuses on the role of emotional intelligence in developing professionalism and leadership in doctors, and she was promoted to a Personal Chair in Medical Education in 2013.

Helen is a member of the Advance HE Board and is Co-Convener of Advance HE’s PVC Network. Other external activities include membership of UUK International’s Transnational Education Advisory Board and of JISC’s Horizon Group.