Loughborough appoints its first Pro Vice-Chancellor for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

Loughborough University is delighted to announce the appointment of Charlotte Croffie as its first Pro Vice-Chancellor for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI).

In her new role Charlotte will work with the Vice-Chancellor and senior leaders across the University to help make Loughborough a truly inclusive organisation.

This will involve identifying and dismantling unfair structures and processes, challenging inappropriate behaviour and being a catalyst for change in EDI attitudes and actions.

Speaking about her appointment, Vice-Chancellor Professor Nick Jennings, said: “I am delighted that Charlotte will be joining the University as our first Pro Vice-Chancellor for EDI. We are committed to making Loughborough a truly inclusive organisation and whilst we know this will be a long and challenging journey, this appointment marks a major step forward in our EDI ambitions.

“Charlotte will play a key role in ensuring EDI is at the heart of everything we do at Loughborough. She will work directly with me and senior colleagues, in collaboration with staff and students across the University community, on developing and delivering our new strategy.”

Joining the University in September, Charlotte has over 20 years’ experience working at an executive level in human resources, organisational design and development, business and leadership development, entrepreneurship, education, and international development. She is passionate about EDI and an advocate for the delivery of organisation transformation through good people management, innovation, access to technology, effective policies, procedures, and systems, and the development of healthy working cultures.

Charlotte is currently a Partner with GatenbySanderson. Prior to this she held positions as Director of Human Resources at Birkbeck, University of London; Director for Entrepreneurship at UCL; and Director of Organisational Development at UCL. She has an extensive portfolio which includes working internationally to support EDI, social justice, cultural change, and entrepreneurship promotion.

Alongside her role as Pro Vice-Chancellor for EDI, Charlotte will take up the post of Professor of Practice of Entrepreneurship in the Institute of Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the Loughborough London Campus.

Speaking about her appointment, she said: “I am thrilled to be joining the Academy and supporting the academic mission of Loughborough University – consistently ranked as one of the top ten universities in the UK; known for its research, innovation, education, scholarship, student experience and of course its focus on sporting excellence.

“I join the University at an exciting time as it continues its journey to be a leader in the EDI space. Loughborough’s ambition to champion the multi-dimensional benefits of EDI and make an impact at a local, regional, national, and international level is tangible. The establishment of this Pro Vice-Chancellor for EDI position is further evidence of the University’s genuine commitment to change.

“This role brings together my extensive experience, interests, and values in one place. I look forward to working with colleagues, students, alumni, and partners to progress Loughborough’s inclusive vision and the EDI agenda more broadly.”

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Loughborough is one of the country’s leading universities, with an international reputation for research that matters, excellence in teaching, strong links with industry, and unrivalled achievement in sport and its underpinning academic disciplines.

It has been awarded five stars in the independent QS Stars university rating scheme, named the best university in the world for sports-related subjects in the 2022 QS World University Rankings and University of the Year for Sport by The Times and Sunday Times University Guide 2022.

Loughborough is in the top 10 of every national league table, being ranked 7th in The UK Complete University Guide 2022, and 10th in both the Guardian University League Table 2022 and the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2022.

Loughborough is consistently ranked in the top twenty of UK universities in the Times Higher Education’s ‘table of tables’ and is in the top 10 in England for research intensity. In recognition of its contribution to the sector, Loughborough has been awarded seven Queen's Anniversary Prizes.

The Loughborough University London campus is based on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and offers postgraduate and executive-level education, as well as research and enterprise opportunities. It is home to influential thought leaders, pioneering researchers and creative innovators who provide students with the highest quality of teaching and the very latest in modern thinking.