Deputy Pro-Vice-Chancellors

Professor Paul van Gardingen

Deputy Pro-Vice-Chancellor for International and Development Research

Paul van Gardingen joined the University of Leicester as Deputy Pro-Vice-Chancellor for International and Development Research in June 2017. His role is to enhance Leicester’s international research and its global impact linking Leicester’s world class researchers with partners around the world. A key priority in this work will be the development of a series of strategic research partnerships. In addition to his role as Deputy Pro-Vice-Chancellor, he holds the Chair of International Development in the School of Geology, Geography and the Environment.

Paul brings nearly 30 years' experience of interdisciplinary international research, largely working in developing countries. His previous roles included leading the UK’s Ecosystem Services for Poverty Alleviation Programme (ESPA) and holding the UNESCO Chair of International Development at the University of Edinburgh.

Dr Ross Parry

Deputy Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Digital)

Dr Ross Parry became Deputy Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Digital) in January 2017. Previously, he was Academic Director for the College of Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities, where he was the institutional lead on Leicester’s new 'Major and Minor' undergraduate offer, and on its first portfolio of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs). In 2016 Ross won our ‘Inspiring Leader’ Discovering Excellence Award.

Currently, Ross is leading a major £0.6mn national project (2017-2020), funded by the AHRC, working with a network of 20 institutional partners (including Arts Council England, Nesta and the HLF), to develop the digital literacy of UK museums. He is the author of 'Recoding the Museum: Digital Heritage and the Technologies of Change', the first major history of museum computing, and in 2010 published the landmark volume, 'Museums in a Digital Age'.

Ross is also one of the founding Trustees of the Jodi Mattes Trust, and through his on-going role as its Chair campaigns nationally and internationally for accessible digital culture.

Dr Kate Williams

Deputy Pro Vice Chancellor for Equality and Diversity

Kate Williams was appointed Deputy Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Equality and Diversity in 2016. Kate trained as a Registered Nurse before reading Politics and Sociology at Warwick University. She embarked on a career in Health Services Research and completed a part-time PhD on the barriers and facilitators to the use of research evidence by nurses. She joined the University of Leicester as a contract researcher in 1996, working part-time from 2002. Kate led the first successful departmental Silver Athena SWAN application in the University and went on to support other departments in their awards as Gender Equality Lead in the College of Medicine, Biological Sciences and Psychology.