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Deputy Vice-Chancellor Role for Dr Penny Haughan

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Liverpool Hope University is delighted to announce that Dr Penny Haughan has been appointed to a new role as Deputy Vice-Chancellor.   

Dr Haughan will be well known to many at Hope as Pro Vice-Chancellor for Student Life & Learning, helping to oversee the student journey from start to finish. 

The global pandemic meant that Dr Haughan’s remit was expanded greatly to ensure the University could continue to thrive in the face of Covid-19. 

And Professor Gerald Pillay, Vice-Chancellor and Rector of Hope, says Dr Haughan’s promotion is a reflection of her commitment and dedication to Hope both in the years previously and during this most recent period of turbulence. 

He says: “The global pandemic brought with it some great challenges for the University. And throughout this time I was able to rely on Dr Haughan to deputise for me on many matters. 

“Her appointment as Deputy Vice-Chancellor simply recognises that hard work, and also gives an official title to all of the things she’s already been doing in this new and expanded role. 

“It’s also important to recognise how important Dr Haughan is when it comes to nurturing our students through their educational journey, supporting them throughout their life cycle here at Hope. 

“She is greatly committed to the mission of the University and always gives her all, going above and beyond the call of duty. The Senior Remuneration Committee of Council was pleased to appoint her as Deputy Vice-Chancellor and grateful for her continued service to Hope.”

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The appointment marks another landmark in a long-running relationship between Dr Haughan and Liverpool Hope University. 

She first joined the Hope in 1995 as a lecturer in Biology before going on to become Dean of Sciences and Social Sciences.

Dr Haughan was a key part of the management team who enjoyed an historic period when Hope became a fully-fledged university in 2005. 

And in 2010 she went on to become Dean of Students, with a key responsibility for the crucial student support and well-being teams while also taking leadership of the busy external relations department, which undertakes everything from marketing and media to recruitment and reputation management. 

Speaking of her new appointment, Dr Haughan said: “I am really proud to be given this opportunity to serve the Hope Community in new ways. 

“The last 18 months have been challenging but I have been overwhelmed by the care and support of colleagues, the proactive work of the Student Union and the positive attitude of Liverpool Hope students. 

“I have particularly valued the deeper personal relationship which I have developed with the student body over this period and I will be working very hard to ensure this continues”. 

Published on 08/09/2021