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HEFCW Council member biography

Professor Mark Smith

Prof Mark Smith

Appointment: 1 January 2013 to 31 December 2015; 1 January 2016 to 31 December 2018

Professor Mark E. Smith has been Vice-Chancellor of Lancaster University since January 2012, having previously been Deputy Vice-Chancellor at Warwick University. He has also worked in Germany and Australia. He is the current Chair of UCEA; the Financial Sustainability Strategy Group for Higher Education; and the Graduate Prospects and HECSU boards. He is also a member of the HESA Board, the UniversitiesUK Research Policy, Funding Policy and Long Term Strategy Network groups, is a Trustee of the AQA Council, and board member of the Higher Education Funding Council for Wales and the UPP Foundation Advisory Board, along with HEFCE’s Leadership, Governance and Management Committee. He has recently been appointed as a Council member of the EPSRC and is a Council member of the All-Party Parliamentary University Group. Mark chaired the national review of A-level content 2013-14 and in December 2014 he became a Trustee and Board Member of Jisc. Regionally in the North West of England, Mark is a member of the LEP Board for Lancashire and also serves on the North West Regional Leaders Board.

Declared interests
Organisation in which interest existsNature of interest
1. HESABoard member
2. Higher Education Careers Services Unit (HECSU)/Graduate ProspectsChair of the Board
3. EPSRCCouncil Member
4. JiscTrustee
5. AQATrustee
6. HEFCEMember, Leadership, Management and Governance Committee
7. Universities and Colleges Employers Association (UCEA)Chair of Board
8. Financial Sustainability Strategy Group (FSSG)Chair of Board

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