Gai Murphy has worked at Salford uni since 1989
A new senior figure starts at a Preston university from Monday.
Professor Gai Murphy moves up the M61 to the University of Central Lancashire after leaving the University of Salford.
She moves into the role of Pro Vice-Chancellor responsible for the student experience.
Professor Murphy added: “This is a great opportunity for me. The decision to study at university is a big one and although higher education can unlock many doors it is not a cheap option. Students have every right to demand an excellent student experience so they reach their potential and go on to enjoy the career to which they aspire. By working together with UCLan’s academic and service community I know we can make a real difference.”
In her new role Professor Murphy will seek to provide all students with challenging, research informed programmes helping people from all walks of life to make the most of their potential.
Delivering an excellent student experience isn’t just about the academic side of student life but also focuses on ensuring all students feel supported and valued, with opportunities to develop connections and networks with others and play their part in creating a strong sense of community.
UCLan Vice-Chancellor Professor Gerry Kelleher said: “In Professor Murphy we have made an outstanding appointment and I know she is looking forward to making a real impact in her new role.
“Gai will have responsibility for the effective resourcing, management, strategic direction and future success of all aspects of the UCLan student experience. I feel very confident that she can build on our success in this area.”