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Dr Kelly Coate joins the University of Sussex as Pro Vice-Chancellor of Education and Students

Dr Kelly Coate

The University of Sussex has appointed Dr Kelly Coate as the new Pro Vice-Chancellor of Education and Students.

Kelly joins Sussex from King’s College London, where she has been Vice Dean (Education) at the Faculty of Social Science and Public Policy since September 2017. She was also a Reader in Higher Education, School of Education, Communication and Society. Prior to this Kelly was Director of the King’s Learning Institute and Senior Lecturer in Higher Education at the university from 2013 - 2017.

As Pro Vice-Chancellor of Education and Students, Kelly will shape the experience of future Sussex graduates at a time when the University has committed to providing a transformative educational experience as part of its new strategy to 2025 and beyond. She will work with academic and professional colleagues to develop a distinctive approach to curricula, embracing digitisation and encouraging experimentation in and outside of the classroom.

Commenting on the appointment, Vice-Chancellor Adam Tickell said: “Not only does Kelly bring exceptional experience to Sussex, she also shares our vision for creating a learning environment for our students that truly sets us apart. Kelly will champion an education strategy at a time when we’re taking bold steps as an institution focused on the needs of an increasingly diverse group of students.

“One of the most important qualities we looked for in this new role is an open and expansive mindset, and Kelly demonstrated a very progressive approach for Sussex. I know she will seize on so many opportunities for us to continue to stand out from the crowd. She’s not a total stranger to our campus, having been an Associate of the Centre for Higher Education and Equity Research at Sussex for the past two years as well as being a Brighton resident. We look forward to welcoming Kelly to Sussex this summer.”

Kelly added: “Culturally Sussex is the perfect fit for me and I have long admired the spirit and sense of purpose that runs through the organisation. I know I’m joining Sussex at a transformative time both in terms of the vision for the next decade and in a changing higher education environment. I look forward to working with new colleagues, as well as many whom I already know, to determine how together we continue to ensure that a Sussex education is respected around the world and our students are well known for their creative, broad and critical minds.”

Prior to Kings, Kelly was Lecturer in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education at National University of Ireland, Galway from 2007 – 2013, where she also spent two years as Vice Dean (Graduate Studies). She joined NUI Galway from the UCL Institute of Education where she held research and teaching roles in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education.

In addition to holding positions in leading UK institutions, Kelly’s academic careers includes serving on the Editorial Boards of Teaching in Higher Education, Higher Education Research and Development, and the Journal of Education Policy. She is currently a member of the Publications Sub-Committee of the Society for Research into Higher Education (SRHE), and formerly founding convener of the SRHE Network ‘The Digital University’.

Kelly will start at Sussex in early July and will become a member of the University’s Executive Group.


Posted on behalf of: University of Sussex
Last updated: Wednesday, 21 March 2018

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