Former Longton PE teacher appointed new Staffordshire University Vice Chancellor

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A former Longton PE teacher has been appointed new Vice Chancellor of the county’s biggest educational establishment.

Professor Liz Barnes will take the role at Staffordshire University when current Vice Chancellor Professor Michael Gunn retires in April.

Professor Barnes is currently Deputy Vice Chancellor at Sheffield Hallam University.

Educated in Staffordshire, she began her career as a PE and maths teacher in Longton, before completing her MMedSci at Sheffield University.

She lectured in Sport Science at Teesside University, becoming Dean of Social Sciences and Law.

She was then appointed Deputy Vice Chancellor at the University of Derby, where she oversaw the transformation of the Buxton Campus.

Professor Barnes says she is delighted to join Staffordshire University and is looking forward to meeting and working with the staff, students, and partners in the region.

She said: “I have a strong understanding and commitment for the region and realise the important role that Staffordshire University has in developing our future leaders and entrepreneurs.”

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