The Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Academic) is responsible for developing the strategic vision for all educational and student-related activity at the University of East Anglia.
Working in close partnership with colleagues from all four faculties and with the Union of UEA Students, Professor Neil Ward shapes the University's educational priorities and leads policy development that further enhances UEA's outstanding student experience.
He joined the University in 2008 as Executive Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences and became Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Academic) in 2013. He is one of eight members of the Executive Team (UEA's senior management team) and reports directly to the Vice-Chancellor. He chairs the Learning and Teaching Committee and also sits on Council – the University's principal decision-making body.
Born and brought up in Norfolk, Professor Ward began his academic career as a geographer at University College London. His research interests are in rural economic and social change, agriculture, food and environmental policy and regional development. He has held chairs at the University of Leeds and Newcastle University, where he was director of the Centre for Rural Economy from 2004 to 2008. He has also worked for periods on secondment to the Cabinet Office and as an advisor to the Economic and Social Research Council.
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