Professor Sir Chris Husbands

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Professor Sir Chris Husbands MA, PhD, PGCE



As Vice-Chancellor, Chris is the University’s chief executive and senior academic officer. He has overall responsibility for the leadership of the University: from academic performance, standards and the standing of the University, to the quality of student and staff experience, the development of the University’s infrastructure and estate and the University’s financial strategy and plans.

He is responsible for leading and developing the strategic vision and aspirations of the University, working closely with the Board of Governors and leading the University Executive Board.


Professor Sir Chris Husbands is a university leader, academic, educationist and public servant. He has served as Vice-Chancellor of Sheffield Hallam University in the UK since January 2016.

Prior to joining Sheffield Hallam, Sir Chris was Director of the Institute of Education and then Vice-Provost at University College London.

Sir Chris is also Chair of the Teaching Excellence and Student Outcomes Framework (TEF) and served as Board Chair of the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) and the Doncaster Opportunity Area Partnership Board until October 2022. He was appointed to the Board of UUK in August 2019 and joined the Emerge and Jisc Edtech Advisory Board in October 2020.

Sir Chris’ academic expertise lies in education policy and practice; his work has been developed in fifteen books and over four hundred papers and presentations. He has advised local and national governments in the UK and internationally, across four continents.

Sir Chris is an Honorary Fellow of Emmanuel College, Cambridge and Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences. He was knighted for services to Higher Education in 2018.

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