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Dr Mackenzie secures executive role at Teesside University

30 April 2014 @TeessideUni


An academic with more than 20 years’ experience working in higher education has joined Teesside University’s executive team.

Dr Aulay Mackenzie has been appointed as Pro Vice-Chancellor (Partnerships).

It follows the appointments late last year of a number of new faces to the executive team led by Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive Professor Graham Henderson CBE DL.

Dr Mackenzie spent nearly 20 years at the University of Essex where he was a Senior Lecturer in Evolution and Ecology, as well as holding portfolios including Dean of Sport and Dean of Academic Partnerships. He went on to spend two years in an executive role in a London-based online higher education venture.

Dr Mackenzie has been an auditor and reviewer for over a decade with the Quality Assurance Agency and is currently the Chair of the Council of Validating Universities.

He joins Teesside at an exciting time with the University having been awarded a Queen’s Anniversary Prize for excellence in higher education and work underway on a new £20m teaching centre at the heart of the campus.

In his role as Pro Vice-Chancellor (Partnerships), Dr Mackenzie will be responsible for the co-ordination of the University’s UK and international partnerships and the delivery of the international development agenda.

He said: 'I am delighted to be joining such a dynamic and innovative University at a time when the institution is enjoying a tremendous amount of regional, national and international success.

'Teesside is a progressive university with an outstanding reputation. It will be both an honour and a great challenge to help build on recent achievements moving forward.'

Professor Henderson said: 'I am delighted to welcome Aulay to the University. He has extensive experience of successful partnership development both within the UK and overseas, and in embedding quality within such partnerships.

'I am very much looking forward to working with him to take forward our expanding portfolio of activity in relation to UK collaborative partnerships and international development activity.'

Dr Mackenzie joins a rejuvenated executive team following the recent retirements of Morgan McClintock, University Secretary and Clerk to the Governors, Alan Oliver, Executive Director (Finance and Planning) and Professor Caroline MacDonald, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Partnerships and Standards).

Late last year Malcolm Page was appointed as Deputy Chief Executive (Chief Operating Officer) and Professor Liz Holey as Pro Vice-Chancellor (Quality). Michael Lavery, Director of the Department of External Relations and Juliet Amos, Director of Human Resources, also joined the Vice-Chancellor’s executive team as Assistant Chief Executives.