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Great female leaders at Nottingham Trent University

Executive women thrive at Nottingham Trent University, holding strategic leadership positions supporting more than 27,000 students across four campuses for the 13th largest university in the UK. Alongside their executive counterparts, there are also many other women who sit on the university's Board of Governors and Academic Board, leading a range of activities relating to the organisation of learning and teaching, research, scholarship, academic standards, students, and courses.

Professor Eunice Simmons, Deputy Vice-Chancellor 

Professor Eunice Simmons has institutional oversight for quality assurance and for curriculum delivery, development and enhancement across the University’s four Campuses and on-line learning provision. Her responsibilities include the Centre for Academic Development and Quality; Libraries and Learning Resources; Schools, Colleges & Community Outreach; Degree Apprenticeships; UK College partnerships; Online & Blended Learning and the Green Academy.

In 2015 Professor Simmons launched the Trent Institute for Learning and Teaching (TILT) to develop pedagogic research and practice, building on Nottingham Trent University’s reputation for innovation and excellence in teaching. TILT has engaged hundreds of NTU academics and professional service staff since its inception in a range of collaboratively-designed practice and scholarship groups. Its distributed leadership model has been well received and has facilitated creative engagement in and between disciplines. TILT external events have attracted significant national and international interest on subjects ranging from data analytics to widening participation strategies.

At NTU Professor Simmons has previously held the roles of Senior Pro Vice-Chancellor (Student Affairs) and Pro Vice-Chancellor (Academic). For four years prior she was Dean of the School of Animal, Rural and Environmental Sciences. This involved overseeing numerous campus developments, including a new library and renovation of the livestock centres and commercial farm in addition to implementing research, teaching and HR strategies. Her career has enabled her to develop significant expertise in environmental and land-based education ranging from secondary school science teaching through to research degree supervisions.


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Barbara Matthews, Pro-Vice-Chancellor and Head of Art, Architecture, Design and Humanities College 

Barbara has responsibility for the University’s cultural offering (working with staff, students and partners in the City and beyond) and for the College of Art, Architecture, Design and Humanities. She is also responsible for the Director of Music and the University’s Faith provision.


Jayne Billam, Director of Human Resources 

Jayne is over the human resources function at NTU, which includes Health and Safety, Operational HR, Rewards and Benefits, Organisational Development, and Equality, Diversity and Inclusion. Jayne joined the university as HR Directorin April 2016 and was previously HR Director at the University of Lincoln. Jayne has worked in a variety of sectors during her career in HR including manufacturing, health and retail. She's a qualified coach and NLP practitioner and is a trustee for the British Postal Museum and Healthwatch Lincolnshire.


Penny Eccles, Director of Marketing and Communications 

Penny is responsible for the Marketing, Student Recruitment, Brand Communications and Admissions teams at NTU. Penny gained a first class degree in Marketing from Lancaster University and later achieved an MBA with Distinction. Penny has spent the majority of her career in Higher Education marketing at several universities. Prior to her role at NTU she was the Marketing and Communications Director at the University of Gloucestershire, winning the THE Leadership & Management Award 2017 for Outstanding Marketing and Communications Team. A chartered marketer and Fellow of the CIM, Penny is a passionate advocate for social mobility.

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