Annabel Kiernan

Pro Vice Chancellor, Academic at Staffordshire University

Annabel joined Staffordshire University as Pro Vice Chancellor - Education in May 2021, having worked in higher education for nearly twenty-five years.

Annabel previously worked at Nottingham Trent University as Deputy Dean for the School of Social Sciences, leading the Education portfolio.

Prior to NTU, Annabel was the Head of Education for the Faculty of Arts and Humanities at Manchester Metropolitan University, where she was also the Director of the Centre for the Study of Football and its Communities.

Annabel has also held posts at Sheffield Hallam University and at the University of the West of Scotland, where she was Jean Monnet Chair of European Integration and Public Policy.

Annabel studied Economics (major in Politics) at the University of Manchester, gained a distinction for her MA European Studies at Newcastle University, and was awarded her PhD in policy-making theory from the University of Warwick.

Throughout her career Annabel has had a commitment to higher education access and inclusion, innovating teaching and the student experience, social mobility and social justice.


  • Pro Vice Chancellor, Academic

    Current role

  • Pro Vice Chancellor, Education

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