New Vice-Chancellor at Keele University

Professor Nick Foskett

Professor Nick Foskett

Posted on 02 August 2010

Professor Nick Foskett, a Professor of Education with an international research profile in Higher Education Policy, yesterday (1 August 2010) took up his position as the new Vice-Chancellor at Keele University.  Professor Foskett was formerly Dean of the Faculty of Law, Arts and Social Sciences at the University of Southampton.

Professor Foskett said: "I am excited by the opportunity to lead Keele University through the next few years. Keele has an excellent reputation as one of the UK's leading campus universities, and despite the inevitable challenges the sector will face, the University is well positioned to further establish itself strongly within both the national and international HE arenas. Keele also has a strong regional commitment, and I look forward to the University continuing to play a full part in the economic and cultural life of its home region." 
Born in Stoke-on-Trent, Professor Foskett read Geography at Keble College, University of Oxford. Following a successful early career in secondary education, and a brief period in University administration, he has forged a successful academic and managerial career at the University of Southampton.  He went there 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.  This post has also carried University-wide responsibilities at Executive Board level for internationalisation, regional partnerships, environmental sustainability and diversity.

Professor Foskett succeeds Professor Dame Janet Finch, DBE, who has retired as Vice-Chancellor of the University after 15 years service.