Published: 25 March 2020 at 12:55
New Pro Vice Chancellor and Dean for Faculty of Health, Education, Medicine and Social Care
The Faculty responsible for training many of the region's future key workers – including nurses, doctors, midwives, allied health professionals, social workers and education professionals – has a new leader.
Professor Nigel Harrison has joined Anglia Ruskin University (ARU) as Pro Vice Chancellor and Dean of the Faculty of Health, Education, Medicine and Social Care, According to Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) data, ARU is the largest provider of Nursing, Midwifery, and Health and Social Care courses in England.
Professor Harrison joins ARU from the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) having worked as an adult and mental health nurse and cognitive therapist in clinical and management roles in the Midlands, London and North West for a range of statutory, voluntary and charitable organisations.
While at UCLan, Professor Harrison led a self-assessment team leading to an Athena Swan Bronze Award for its work on developing gender equality. He was one of the first Principal Fellows of the Higher Education Academy, and has also worked in the voluntary sector, chairing a regional Age UK charity and holding the position of governor in an NHS Foundation Trust.
The first person in his family to go to university, Professor Harrison is a member of the National Council of Deans of Health Executive Team, and lead across the UK for education impact. He chairs the council’s Student Leadership Programme advisory group.
His role at ARU will be to oversee the provision and development of education, research and innovation for the faculty, which includes ARU’s new School of Medicine, and course provision across three campuses: Chelmsford, Cambridge and Peterborough.
Professor Harrison said:
Professor Harrison replaces Professor Ruth Taylor, who returned to her native Scotland to take on a role at the University of Aberdeen in November.