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HEFCE closed at the end of March 2018. The information on this website is historical and is no longer maintained.

Many of HEFCE's functions will be continued by the Office for Students, the new regulator of higher education in England, and Research England, the new council within UK Research and Innovation.

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HEFCE Board member
Biography and registered interests

Professor Atkins joined HEFCE as Chief Executive from 1 January 2014 having previously been a member of the HEFCE Board. Her background includes reading Law and History at the University of Cambridge, completing a PhD at the University of Nottingham, and teaching in a large comprehensive school in Huntingdon. Following various senior positions at the University of Newcastle, including Pro-Vice-Chancellor, she was Vice-Chancellor of the University of Coventry between 2004 and December 2013. 

Date appointed to the Board: 26 October 2009

Organisation in which interest existsNature of interest (directorship, shareholding, membership, etc.)
Engineering Council Associate
West Midlands Lieutenancy  Deputy Lieutenant
Girton College, Cambridge University Honorary Fellow
Academy of Social Sciences Fellow
University of Nottingham Honorary degree
Planet Earth Institute Member of the Academic Board

Page last updated 17 January 2018