Professor Susan Lea is passionate about the role of universities in transforming lives and positively impacting society. She has a track record of leading successful, inclusive organisational change with a consequent raising of performance.
Professor Lea brings extensive leadership experience, from a broad range of universities. Her career spans research and teaching intensive universities, as well as those that play a key role in the region, with senior positions at the University of Greenwich, King’s College London and, earlier, the University of Plymouth.
Professor Lea began her career as a lecturer in psychology at the University of Cape Town. She moved to the University of Plymouth in 1994 where she held a number of senior positions, at both faculty and University level whilst maintaining her commitment to her research into domestic and sexual violence. She moved to King’s College London in 2010 where she simultaneously held a number of senior management roles, including Dean of Education and Professor within the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience. She was King’s Interim Vice-Principal (Education) from November 2012 to March 2013, and went on to hold a number of senior, cross institutional roles.
Professor Lea was appointed Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) at the University of Greenwich in April 2015, where her responsibilities included playing a key role in developing the strategic vision for the University, driving and managing change in order to improve the quality and scope of staff engagement, improving academic outcomes and leading, with the DVC (Research), the integration of teaching and learning into the University’s research strategy.
She now brings to Hull that vision and experience with a commitment to realise the full potential of the University, and contribute significantly to the city and region.