Executive Board

Provost and Deputy Vice-Chancellor

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Professor Henrietta O'Connor

Provost and Deputy Vice-Chancellor

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Executive Assistant to the Provost and Deputy Vice-Chancellor
Jacqui Faulkner
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Professor Henrietta O’Connor is the Provost and Deputy Vice-Chancellor. Prior to taking up this role in August 2023, she was Head of the College of Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities, a post she held for five years.

Henrietta is a Professor of Sociology and joined the University’s Centre for Labour Market Studies in 1997, before moving to the School of Media, Communication and Sociology in August 2014. She is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences, a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and an Academic Fellow of CIPD.

She received her undergraduate degree in Human Geography from Queen Mary, University of London and was awarded an MLitt from Trinity College, Dublin. Henrietta completed her PhD at the University of Leicester. Her principal research interests focus on the sociology of work, in particular debates around transitions to and from the labour market.

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