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Vice Chancellor's Executive Group

Vice-Chancellor of the University of Bedfordshire, Bill Rammell, has announced his decision to leave the University at the end of 2019. Bill has decided after seven years to explore new advisory/consultancy opportunities in the HE sector and beyond.

You can read about the Vic Chancellor's departure here.

Bill Rammell

Vice Chancellor and Chief Executive

Bill Rammell took office as Vice Chancellor at the University of Bedfordshire in September 2012. Prior to that he was Deputy Vice Chancellor at Plymouth University where he was responsible for the student experience and internationalisation.

Bill was MP for Harlow from 1997 to 2010. He was Minister of State for Further and Higher Education in the Labour Government and also served as Minister of State for the Foreign Office and Minister of State for the Armed Forces.

With a commitment to widening access to higher education that is rooted in personal, academic and government experience, Bill leads the University's mission to deliver the best possible student experience for an international learning community. He is passionate about the University's record and role in transforming lives, promoting employability and world-leading research.

Professor Jan Domin

Executive Dean of CATS Faculty

I gained my PhD through a series of biochemical studies on a then novel neuropeptide termed neuromedin U. I was the first in the world to quantify the expression of this peptide and document its tissue distribution.

I then moved to the Imperial Cancer Research Fund where under the guidance of Dr Enrique Rozengurt I began my interest in how phospholipids regulate the proliferation of cells in response to growth factor stimulation.

I continued my training focusing my efforts on the recently cloned phosphoinositide 3-kinase (PI3K) enzyme in the laboratory of Professor Michael Waterfield FRS at the Ludwig Institute.

There I was the first to clone a series of genes that encode PI3K enzymes and their adaptor proteins including the first class II PI3K enzyme termed Drosophila 68_D.

I was the first to describe a human class II PI3K enzyme termed PI3K-C2alpha. In 1998 I left to establish an independent research group accepting the position of Lecturer at Imperial College.

Since that time my research efforts have focused on the human class II PI3K enzymes. I have demonstrated that they act downstream of several cell surface receptors and serve to regulate growth factor induced changes in intracellular vesicle transport and migration.

Donald Harley

Deputy Vice Chancellor (Resources)

Donald joined the university in 2006 as Director of Finance and was appointed Deputy Vice Chancellor (Resources) in 2009.  Donald's remit includes responsibility for Estates and Facilities, Sustainable Development, ICT and Finance.

Prior joining the university he occupied senior finance roles at Westminster Council (2005-2006); AWG Anglian Water plc (2001-2005); Scottish & Newcastle plc (1990-2001) and Heron Corporation (1985-1990).

Donald is a Chartered Accountant (ICAS) and a graduate of the University of Edinburgh.

Professor Ashraf Jawaid

Deputy Vice Chancellor (External Relations)

Working closely with Home Admissions and the Marketing team and International Office, he is responsible for achieving Home, International and TNE targets.

The University's international work was recognized by the Queen's Award for Enterprise in 2011.

He was the Project Board Chair for the University's new PG/CPD Centre which has recently been built and was inaugurated in May 2013.

He was previously Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Dean of the School of Engineering and Associate Dean at Coventry University.

There he was responsible for the International Affairs and the Graduate Culture for the University, doubling international income in three years.

Before joining Coventry he worked at the University of Warwick for 12 years.

Rosalind Lowe

Policy Advisor

Rosalind Lowe is the Policy Advisor to the Vice Chancellor, based in the Vice Chancellor’s office.

She advises the Vice Chancellor and the Executive Group of the University on matters related to Government and Higher Education policy, and supports the engagement of the University with local and national political and policy stakeholders. Rosalind also oversees the University’s events and public affairs functions.

Before joining the University of Bedfordshire, Rosalind worked for Universities UK where she advised the policy group on matters related to university funding and internationalisation.

She holds a master’s degree in sociology from Oxford University, and an undergraduate degree in liberal arts and sciences from Leiden University in the Netherlands.


Professor Mary Malcolm

Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic)

During her early academic career she specialised in medieval Icelandic literature, studying at the Universities of Liverpool, Oxford, and Leeds, before undertaking a postdoctoral year at the University of Oslo.

She then trained as an EFL lecturer and moved to the Middle East, where she later set up and ran a range of small businesses in retail, training and professional services, and completed her MBA (Durham University).

A decade later, she returned to the UK and joined the University of Abertay Dundee, where she developed and managed overseas collaborations, before becoming a Head of Department (Marketing) and Head of Dundee Business School, in which role she managed a business incubator, oversaw a commercial consultancy unit (Scottish Economic Research) and the development of Abertay's work with the Food and Computer Games industries in particular.

She was appointed Vice Principal (Academic Development) at Abertay in 2007, and moved to a similar role at the University of Bedfordshire in 2009.

At University of Bedfordshire she leads the development of the curriculum, and teaching and learning, and has a leading role in partnership development (UK and overseas), quality assurance and organisational development.

Mary has overall responsibility for the quality of the learning experience, including the work of the Centre of Learning Excellence to integrate into the curriculum the knowledge and skills that support enterprise, environmental sustainability, and global citizenship.