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Lancaster University appoints new Professional Vice-Chancellor for Engagement

Sarah Kemp has been named Lancaster’s new Professional Vice-Chancellor for Engagement and will join the University in July.

Sarah is currently Chief Executive of Lancashire Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) and brings a wealth of experience in leading cross-organizational partnerships, facilitating collaborations, driving transformation in local places and securing investments for social, economic impact. , financial and environmental positive.

In her new role, Sarah will provide strategic leadership to advance the University’s engagement plan. This includes leading engagement with staff, students and all local, regional and external stakeholders. Sarah’s term will also cover key aspects of the government’s upgrading agenda, including regional funding.

Recently Sarah was tasked with leading Lancashire’s £374m Growth Deal program and secured a further £34m in construction funds to invest in projects to create new jobs and boost the economy green. She was responsible for the implementation of the BOOST Growth Hub partnership, the Lancashire Skills and Employment Hub and the strategic implementation of Lancashire’s 4 Enterprise Zones.

Working with partners including Lancaster University, Sarah secured the government’s decision to establish the new National Cybersecurity Center at Samlesbury, as part of a £5billion government investment, which recognized the university’s outstanding credentials in cybersecurity and security as central to the Lancashire proposal. .

Prior to joining Lancashire LEP, Sarah developed a new £150m local government investment program and established a new housing development company which built affordable and sustainable homes. Sarah has successfully led regional programs in publicly funded foreign investment, trade, business support, sector development, and training and skills programs. She also led international business development, particularly in the areas of life science research and mass spectrometry.

Sarah said, “I am honored and thrilled to take on this role, and very pleased to work with an exceptional management team who have strong ambitions for the performance and future direction of the University. Lancaster University has a strong and well-deserved reputation for excellence in research and teaching and I look forward to working with the wider community to ensure that the huge potential benefit of all assets , capabilities and services that the University has to offer translates into a wider advantage. for communities and places beyond.

Professor Andy Schofield, Vice-Chancellor of Lancaster University, welcomed the appointment, saying: “I am delighted that we have secured Sarah as Pro Vice-Chancellor for Engagement. She brings people together to have a profound impact – something we have experienced under her leadership with a number of major initiatives in Lancashire. I look forward to Sarah moving forward as she leads the work our University community is doing in partnership with our city, region and beyond to bring about positive change.

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