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Dr Anne Loweth
Anne Loweth took up the role of Pro Vice-Chancellor (Students) in September 2017, taking on the strategic leadership of all aspects of student-related activities to promote and enhance the student experience, encompassing campus life, academic induction, transition and attainment as well as student support and well being, continuing Keele’s outstanding reputation for keeping students at the heart of its strategy.
Following a number of years in the pharmaceutical industry, in product research and development, Anne began her academic career in the early1990s in the field of diabetes research, pursuing her PhD and subsequent postdoctoral work in the School of Life Sciences at Keele University. During this time, she focussed on understanding the intracellular signalling pathways that contribute to the loss of insulin-producing beta cells in the endocrine pancreas, leading to type 1 diabetes mellitus. Following five years as a lecturer at Liverpool John Moores University, Anne then returned to Keele in 2003 to the School of Life Sciences and was promoted to senior lecturer in 2006. Taking on leadership of the undergraduate programme in Biomedical Science in 2003, she designed and implemented a new professionally-accredited, vocationally-orientated programme, Applied Biomedical Science, which introduced clinical placements into Biomedical Science, providing graduates with the opportunity for Health and Care Professions Council registration. Anne has represented the University as a member of the national Heads of University Centres of Biomedical Science (HUCBMS) and, during her time on the executive committee, she represented HUCBMS on the Institute of Biomedical Science’s Education and Professional Standards Committee.
Anne was Head of School of Life Sciences for five years from 2008, during which time she led the school to its first Equality Challenge Unit Athena SWAN silver award and she continues to champion the Athena SWAN Charter for Women in Science within the School, promoting gender equality and removal of barriers to the progression of students and staff in academia. Whilst interim Dean of the Faculty of Natural Sciences in 2014/15, she co-chaired the University’s Athena SWAN committee and her commitment to equality and diversity continues to be central to her role as Pro Vice-Chancellor (Students)