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11 November 2009 | PR 09/158

Loughborough Vice Chancellor appointed to Funding Council board

Shirley Pearce

Professor Shirley Pearce.

Professor Shirley Pearce, Vice Chancellor of Loughborough University, has been appointed to the Board of the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE).

The Minister of State for Higher Education, David Lammy, today (11 November) announced a total of four new appointments, including that of Professor Pearce.

HEFCE’s main functions are to advise the Government’s Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills on the funding needs of higher education institutions in England and to distribute available funds.

Members of the Board – who are drawn from business, as well as the higher education sector – are appointed on the basis of their expertise in education, or their experience in industry or the professions. They have collective responsibility for the control and management of HEFCE as a corporate body.

Of her appointment, Professor Pearce said: “I am delighted to have been appointed to the Board of HEFCE and look forward to contributing to the work HEFCE does to enable UK higher education to be world leading.”

Professor Pearce has been Vice Chancellor of Loughborough University since January 2006. She is also a Board member of UCEA (the Universities and Colleges Employers Assocaition), the Youth Sport Trust, and CASE Europe.

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Notes for editors:

  1. About Professor Pearce
    Professor Pearce was educated at Norwich High School for Girls, before studying Psychology, Physiology and Philosophy at St Anne’s College, Oxford University, gaining a BA in 1975. She was later awarded an MPhil in Clinical Psychology and a PhD in Psychology at the University of London.

    She joined the National Health Service as a Clinical Psychologist at St Mary’s Hospital, London in 1977, and in 1981 moved to University College London, firstly as lecturer, then senior lecturer, in Psychology. She moved to the University of East Anglia in 1994 to take up the Chair in Health Psychology and became the inaugural director of the School of Health Policy and Practice. She subsequently became Dean of the Schools of Health in 1997, led the bid for a medical school and established the East Anglia Joint Venture Medical School at Norwich.

    Professor Pearce was made Pro Vice Chancellor for the Health and Professional Schools in 2000, before becoming Dean of the Institute of Health and Director of the Centre for Interprofessional Practice at UEA. She was a Non-executive director of Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire Strategic Health Authority and an inaugural Commissioner for the Healthcare Commission. In June 2005 she was made a CBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List, for services to education in the NHS.

  2. Loughborough is one of the country’s leading universities, with an international reputation for excellence in teaching and research, strong links with industry and unrivalled sporting achievement.

    It was awarded the coveted Sunday Times University of the Year 2008-09 title, and is consistently ranked in the top twenty of UK universities in national newspaper league tables. In the 2008 National Student Survey, Loughborough was voted one of the top five universities in the UK, with 22 out of 30 of its subject areas being ranked in the top ten for overall satisfaction. It was named winner of the 2006, 2007 and 2008 Times Higher award for the UK’s Best Student Experience and winner of the 2007 award for Outstanding Support for Overseas Students. In recognition of its contribution to the sector, the University has been awarded six Queen's Anniversary Prizes – an achievement bettered by no other institution.

    It is a member of the esteemed 1994 Group – a set of internationally recognised, research-intensive universities – and has a reputation for the relevance of its work. Its degree programmes are highly regarded by professional institutions and businesses, and its graduates are consistently targeted by the UK’s top recruiters.

    Loughborough is also the UK’s premier university for sport. It has perhaps the best integrated sports development environment in the world and is home to some of the country’s leading coaches, sports scientists and support staff. It also has the country’s largest concentration of world-class training facilities across a wide range of sports.


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