New University of Northampton vice chancellor to focus on equality, diversity and inclusion

“I look forward to working in collaboration with the community of Northampton to fully recognise our potential and achieve our local, national and global shared ambitions.”

Wednesday, 3rd August 2022, 1:21 pm
Professor Anne-Marie Kilday has started her role as vice chancellor at the University of Northampton.
Professor Anne-Marie Kilday has started her role as vice chancellor at the University of Northampton.

A new boss at the University of Northampton (UON) has revealed what her focus will be in her role.

Professor Anne-Marie Kilday has started her role as vice chancellor on Monday (August 1) when she laid out what her plans are.

The professor in criminal history intends to drive equality, diversity and inclusion.

Speaking on her first day, Professor Kilday said: “Northampton is a fantastic global university in the heart of the UK. I am looking forward to meeting the dedicated and brilliant staff and students who contribute so much to the University, to the wonderful town of Northampton and to wider society, through their teaching, research and civic partnerships.

“My initial focus will be on leading the development and implementation of a new strategy and vision for the University of Northampton, seeking to spearhead initiatives that transform lives and inspire positive change through learning and research.

“I’m also sincerely passionate about listening to the voice of our students, communities, academics, and stakeholders to ensure their vision and values run through the veins of the strategy.

“I look forward to working in collaboration with the community of Northampton to fully recognise our potential and achieve our local, national and global shared ambitions.”

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As part of her early plans at the University of Northampton, Professor Kilday will drive initiatives around equality, diversity and inclusion in order to build a welcoming, inclusive community, as well as continuing with her dedication to the ideals of using higher education as a catalyst for positive social impact.

Before joining UON, Professor Kilday held a senior leadership role as pro vice chancellor for student experience and university community at Oxford Brookes University, having previously held the post of pro vice chancellor for research and knowledge transfer and impact in 2012.

Professor Kilday succeeds former vice chancellor and chief executive officer Professor Nick Petford DSc DL, who after 12 years at the helm, stepped down from the post on Friday July 29.