Professor Claire Taylor

Job Role
Deputy Vice Chancellor


Claire joined the University as Deputy Vice-Chancellor in August 2016. She is responsible for academic provision and the quality of student learning opportunities across the University, overseeing the work of: the Faculties; Strategic Planning and Student Administration; Communications, Marketing, Recruitment and Admissions; Civic Mission and the OpTIC Centre at St Asaph.


Claire read Music and Education at St Catharine's College, University of Cambridge, and holds a PhD from the University of Nottingham. Her early career was as a primary school teacher, before becoming a headteacher and later moving into higher education, where she has held a variety of senior roles including Dean of Students and Academic Engagement at Bishop Grosseteste University, Lincoln and Pro Vice-Chancellor (Academic Strategy) at St Mary’s University, London.


Claire is a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and holder of an Advance HE Collaborative Award for Teaching Excellence. She is a Fellow of the Staff and Educational Development Association, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and a Professional Affiliate Member of the Chartered College of Teaching. Claire has been a UK Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) Assessor and Panel member and a member of the OfS TEF Advisory Group. She is a member of Advance HE's Leadership and Management Strategic Advisory Group, HEFCW’s Student Opportunity and Achievement Committee, the UK Standing Committee for Quality Assessment, JISC Learning Analytics Cymru Steering Group and is Chair of Universities Wales Learning and Teaching Network. Claire also chairs the Quality and Standards Panel for St Padarn’s Institute, the training arm of the Church in Wales.


Outside of higher education Claire is Chair of Board for social housing provider Alpha Living, a member of the leadership team for '2025' - a social movement seeking to end health inequalities across North Wales -  and a member of the Advisory Board for Ty Pawb, Wrexham’s flagship centre for arts, markets and community activity.