Keele University Announces New Vice-Chancellor

Professor Nick Foskett

Posted on 04 January 2010

Keele University has announced that Professor Nick Foskett, currently Dean of the Faculty of Law, Arts and Social Sciences at the University of Southampton, will take up the appointment of Vice-Chancellor at Keele on August 1, 2010.

Professor Foskett is a Professor of Education, with an international research profile in Higher Education Policy. He will succeed Professor Dame Janet Finch, who retires in July after 15 years’ service. 

Professor Foskett, who is 54-years-old, lived in Stockton Brook, Staffordshire, until he was 18, attending Greenways Primary School in Stockton Brook and Wolstanton Grammar School (now Wolstanton High School) in Newcastle-under-Lyme, before reading Geography at Keble College, Oxford.

A keen sports fan, his career has taken him away from North Staffordshire but he has retained a keen interest in the fortunes of Port Vale and Stoke City.

Professor Foskett began his career as a geography teacher in secondary schools and further education before moving into higher education. He has held senior posts in schools and in HE, has worked as a consultant to government and to a wide range of educational institutions both in the UK and internationally.

He moved to the University of Southampton as a Lecturer in Education in 1989 and was promoted to Professor of Education in 2000. He held senior leadership roles as Head of Initial Teacher Training, then Head of the School of Education at Southampton before becoming Dean of the Faculty of Law, Arts and Social Sciences in 2005.

Professor Foskett said: “I am delighted to be taking on the role of Vice-Chancellor at Keele in succession to Professor Dame Janet Finch. The next few years will be challenging for all universities but Keele is well placed to have a strong profile in the higher education world and in its local community.  I also look forward to returning to North Staffordshire where my family has its roots.” 
For further information contact: Chris Stone, Keele University Press Office, on 01782 733375 or