Senior Pro-Vice Chancellor Corporate Development and the Student Experience

Dr Chris Haslam

Chris joined the University of Chester in 2006 as Dean of Corporate Planning and Development and was appointed as a Pro-Vice-Chancellor in 2008.

Chris studied Physical Geography at Newcastle University and completed a Government Natural Environment Research Council funded doctorate in climate modeling at the University of Southampton. He started his academic career as a lecturer in Biological Sciences and Physical Geography at the University of Southampton.

Following a period working in industry with the UK British Coal Corporation where he held various appointments including Deputy Director of Environmental Management, Deputy Head of Corporate Relations, and then successively the Deputy Chairman’s and Chairman's Personal Private Secretary, Chris worked at the University of Wolverhampton in the University’s Senior Executive as the strategic and academic development adviser to the Vice-Chancellor.

Chris then moved to the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education and, as an Assistant Director, was involved with managing over 100 UK and international higher education institutional audits. During this period he was also responsible for the QAA’s work in relation to postgraduate education and wrote the QAA’s Guidelines on the Quality Assurance of Research Degrees and various sections of Learning from Audit publications.

In 2003, Chris was appointed a Deputy Director at the QAA. In addition to his role as Deputy Director, between 1998 and 2006 Chris had responsibility for managing the Agency’s extensive work for the UK Government relating to the grant of degree-awarding powers, university title and higher education institution designation. In this capacity, Chris drafted both the 1998 and 2004 UK Government criteria governing the grant of degree-awarding powers and university title and oversaw the provision of advice to Government Ministers. In this capacity, he was appointed as a specialist advisor to the New Zealand Government in relation to the development of the country’s higher education sector.

As Senior Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Corporate Development and the Student Experience) at the University of Chester, Chris has a range of responsibilities including:

  • Business planning and performance management;
  • Oversight of the student experience;
  • Home and EU Marketing, Recruitment and Admissions (undergraduate and postgraduate);
  • International student recruitment, admissions and partnerships;
  • The University’s Library and Information Services;
  • Student Support and Guidance Services;
  • Careers and Employability Services;
  • Academic Quality and Standards Service;
  • The Learning and Teaching Institute;
  • Catering, Student Accommodation and Conferences;
  • Centre for Foundation Studies;
  • Sports and Recreation; and,
  • Risk Management.

Chris is also currently the Acting Dean of the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Clinical Sciences.

Chris chairs the University’s Academic Quality and Enhancement Committee, Student Experience Committee and Development Advisory Group. He has previously had senior management team responsibility for the University’s second campus in Warrington, Corporate Communications, and Business and Innovation activities.

Outside of the University Chris is the Chairman of the UK North West Universities European Unit, into his second term as an external member of the Royal Northern College of Music’s Academic Board, and the external adviser on the Maltese Government’s Quality and Standards Assurance Committee. He has previously had an eight year term of office as a Governor at West Cheshire Further Education College, and has also been a member of a working group set up by HEFCE’s Financial Sustainability Strategy Group looking at the sustainability of English higher education institutions.

Outside of work, Chris enjoys playing a number of sports and is, in particular, a keen golfer.