Areas of Expertise

Strategy and Planning 

  • Development and implementation of Strategic Plan for University of Liverpool
  • Production of Faculty Framework and five year plan for Biology, Medicine and health, University of Manchester
  • Student number planning, incorporating fees and scholarships policy, at Institutional and Faculty/College level in three Universities
  • Development of a KPI dashboard to measure Institutional performance at University of Liverpool
  • Development and implementation of an operational (School-level) planning process at two Universities
  • Development of International, Teaching and Learning, and Research strategies

Institutional Development

  • Programme Director, academic development of Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University at start-up
  • Led partnership between University of Salford and Salford City Council to develop a Masterplan for the Crescent area
  • Faculty management and governance
  • Academic and business planning for the establishment of University of Liverpool Management School
  • Leadership of Research Assessment Exercises 
  • Redesign of Committee structures and functions

Reviews and Restructures

  • Reorganisation of professional services at University of Salford to provide better alignment to objectives, including:
  • Marketing, Communications and Development
  • Academic and Student Support Services
  • Strategy and Planning
  • Estates and Facilities
  • IT and Digital
  • Human Resources
  • People and Structures redesign across Teaching, Learning and Student Experience, University of Manchester
  • Deep dive review into structure of Access, Success and Development, University of Manchester
  • Merger of Schools of Social Sciences and Law at University of Manchester
  • Review of Clinical Trials Unit, University of Manchester
  • Reorganisation of Research Services, University of Liverpool
  • Senate Effectiveness review, University of Manchester
  • Review of Technical Services, Biology, Medicine and Health, University of Manchester
  • Review of Library services, University of Manchester

Further Expertise

Vikki is a member of the AUA Board of Trustees and Chair from August 2022.  She is passionate about the continuing professional and personal development of colleagues working in HE professional services.

She has served on committees and advisory groups for HESA, AdvanceHE, JISC and HEFCE.

She was the founding Chair of the Higher Education Strategic Planners Association (HESPA)

She has undertaken consultancy work in the Middle East and North Africa for the British Council, and speaks fluent French.

About Me

I have 30 years experience working in leadership and management in the UK Higher Education sector.  I am based in Manchester and have substantial experience in a number of different types of HE Institutions.  I am keen to discuss your needs and see if I can help you achieve your objectives.

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