Associate Pro Vice-Chancellors

Providing leadership and guidance for Loughborough University’s strategic themes.

Our Associate Pro Vice-Chancellors are responsible for the delivery of leadership and advancement of the University's three strategic themes:

  • Vibrant & Inclusive Communities
  • Sport, Health & Wellbeing
  • Climate Change & Net Zero

Each theme benefits from two Associate Pro Vice-Chancellors who work collaboratively to ensure these themes continue to amplify Loughborough University's most significant strengths.

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Associate Pro Vice-Chancellor (Vibrant and Inclusive Communities)

Professor Rebecca Cain

Biography

Rebecca's research interests are driven by using design to improve people's experiences, and ultimately their wellbeing. Her research uses creative and highly participatory methods to engage people in co-designing new experiences for products, environments and services. She has a particular interest in design for subjective wellbeing, future manufacturing and mobility and the issues of technology acceptance related to these. Her research blends design, architecture, engineering, psychology, ergonomics, business, science and computer-science. She has worked with physicists, social scientists, health professionals and artists to deliver projects across sectors from healthcare, automotive, rail and energy, where she has transferred knowledge into large organisations such as the NHS and Jaguar and Land Rover.

Responsibilities

Alongside fellow Associate Pro Vice-Chancellor Professor Emily Keightley, Professor Cain is responsible for drawing together activities within Loughborough University that contribute to the strategic theme of Vibrant & Inclusive Communities.

Their work will advance the University's progress towards embedding this strategic theme into our everyday operations, ensuring Loughborough continues to develop as a vibrant and inclusive community.

Portrait of Emma Keightley against a stained glass window

Associate Pro Vice-Chancellor (Vibrant and Inclusive Communities)

Professor Emily Keightley

Biography

After gaining her PhD from Loughborough University in 2007, Emily joined Loughborough in the same year as a Lecturer in Communication and Media Studies. In 2017 she became Professor of Media and Memory Studies and in 2017 was awarded £1m Research Leadership Award by The Leverhulme Trust (2017-2022). Emily is an editor of the international journal Media, Culture & Society and is a founding member of the Global Media Studies Network. 

Responsibilities

Alongside fellow Associate Pro Vice-Chancellor Professor Rebecca Cain, Professor Keightley is responsible for drawing together activities within Loughborough University that contribute to the strategic theme of Vibrant & Inclusive Communities.

Their work will advance the University's progress towards embedding this strategic theme into our everyday operations, ensuring Loughborough continues to develop as a vibrant and inclusive community.

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Associate Pro Vice-Chancellor (Sport, Health & Wellbeing)

Professor Diwei Zhou

Biography

After gaining her PhD from the University of Nottingham in 2010, Diwei joined Loughborough University as a Lecturer in Statistics in the Department of Mathematical Sciences in 2015. After rising to Senior Lecturer in 2020, Diwei continues to teach modules on Medical Statistics and Statistical Shape & Image Analysis, whilst also advising at the Mathematics Learning Support Centre.  

Diwei's main research interests include: 

  • Statistical Modelling and Uncertainty Quantification for data-driven problems 
  • Statistical Image and Shape Analysis (e.g. Diffusion MRI for brains and muscles) 
  • Bayesian statistics 
  • Medical statistics 

Responsibilities

Alongside fellow Associate Pro Vice-Chancellor Professor David Fletcher, Professor Zhou is responsible for drawing together activities within Loughborough University that contribute to the strategic theme of Sport, Health, and Wellbeing.

Their work aims to consolidate and advance the University's status as a global leader in sport, whilst also exploring how we can maximise the health and wellbeing of the Loughborough University community.

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Associate Pro Vice-Chancellor (Sport, Health & Wellbeing)

Professor David Fletcher

Biography

David's teaching, research and consultancy focuses on the psychology of performance excellence in sport, business and other performance domains. His work addresses how high achievers thrive on pressure and deliver sustained success, and clusters around the following performance themes:

  • Performance Leadership and Management (e.g. high performance leadership, managing elite teams)
  • Performance Environments and Cultures (e.g. organizational functioning and effectiveness, emotional intelligence and communication)
  • Performance Psychology and Lifestyles (e.g. growth and thriving, psychological and team resilience, stress and emotion)
  • Performance Consultancy and Coaching (e.g. psychosocial skills and interventions, professional competence).

Responsibilities

Alongside fellow Associate Pro Vice-Chancellor Professor Diwei Zhou, Professor Fletcher is responsible for drawing together activities within Loughborough University that contribute to the strategic theme of Sport, Health, and Wellbeing.

Their work aims to consolidate and advance the University's status as a global leader in sport, whilst also exploring how we can maximise the health and wellbeing of the Loughborough University community.

Portrait of John Downey against a stained glass window.

Associate Pro Vice-Chancellor (Climate Change & Net Zero)

Professor John Downey

Biography

John read Social and Political Sciences at Cambridge University. He was a Senior Scholar at Gonville and Caius College and was the Graythorne Scholar and Beaumont Scholar at Jesus College. His PhD was about the Frankfurt School and John was a post-doc at the Graduate College for Communication Sciences at Siegen University in Germany. His work remains influenced by the rich and continuing tradition of the Frankfurt School that brings together social philosophy and cultural analysis. In 2022 John was elected to be a member of the Academia Europaea in recognition of the 'sustained academic excellence' of his research.

Responsibilities

Alongside fellow Associate Pro-Vice Chancellor Dr Kathryn North, Professor Downey is responsible for drawing together activities within Loughborough University that contribute to the strategic theme of Climate Change and Net Zero.

Their work will advance Loughborough University's progress towards our key net zero targets, as well as promoting cross-institutional engagement with this strategic theme moving forwards.

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Associate Pro Vice-Chancellor (Climate Change & Net Zero)

Dr Kathryn North

Biography

Kathryn is Director of the Centre for Postdoctoral Development in Infrastructure, Cities and Energy (C-DICE), a £4m programme which is focussing on addressing the net zero challenge through the development of highly skilled postdoctoral researchers.  She has held the positions of Head of Researcher Development at Loughborough University, Head of Skills for the Energy Research Accelerator (ERA) and she leads the skills programme for HyDEX, a £5m programme to develop a hydrogen economy in the midlands. Kathryn’s background is in Plant Biology; she gained her PhD at Lancaster University in 2004 and was a Postdoctoral Researcher at the John Innes Centre in Norwich, prior to joining Loughborough in 2007.

Responsibilities

Alongside fellow Associate Pro-Vice Chancellor Professor John Downey, Dr North is responsible for drawing together activities within Loughborough University that contribute to the strategic theme of Climate Change and Net Zero.

Their work will advance Loughborough University's progress towards our key net zero targets, as well as promoting cross-institutional engagement with this strategic theme moving forwards.