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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 The information on this website is historical and is no longer maintained.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 Mary Stuart is Vice-Chancellor of the University of Lincoln. She is a graduate of the University of Cape Town and the Open University where she obtained her Doctorate in Social Policy in 1998. Her research interests are focussed on life histories, social mobility, higher education students and community research.

Mary has a strong track record in all aspects of university management, having worked in senior roles in three different universities. Since joining Lincoln she has established and grown the first new engineering school to be created in the UK for more than 20 years (in collaboration with Siemens plc), and successfully led the development of science provision at Lincoln (including the Schools of Chemistry, Pharmacy and Mathematics) and has established the Lincoln Institute of Agri-Food Technology, to develop the future of farming and grow our food industry's competitiveness.

Passionate about the student experience, Mary seeks to continually drive change and improvements in the partnership with students and the academic community, working closely with the Students’ Union at Lincoln.

Mary is currently Chair of HEFCE’s Teaching Excellence and Student Opportunity Strategic Advisory Committee, Vice-Chair of the Equality Challenge Unit, and Trustee of Universities Partnership Programme. Mary is also Chair of the Lincoln Cultural and Arts Partnership, Founding Director of the Greater Lincolnshire Local Enterprise Partnership (GLLEP) and a member of the Greater Lincolnshire Leaders Board, as well as Director of Lincolnshire Economic Action Partnership and Chair of the Members of the Lincolnshire Educational Trust Ltd.

Date appointed to the Board: 01 March 2015

Organisation in which interest existsNature of interest (directorship, shareholding, membership, etc.)
University of Lincoln Vice-Chancellor
Equality Challenge Unit (ECU) Vice-Chair
Greater Lincolnshire Local Enterprise Partnership Director
Greater Lincolnshire Leaders Board Member
Lincoln Science and Technology Park Director
Lincoln Cultural Arts Partnership Director
Lincolnshire Foundation Director
Lincolnshire Economic Action Partnership Director
Lincolnshire Educational Trust Ltd Chair of Members
The Bridge Group Fellow
UPP Foundation Board Member

Page last updated 2 January 2018