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Portrait of Professor Tony Fawcett

Professor Tony Fawcett has been appointed Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Education), responsible for ensuring our educational offer is high quality and innovative for all students.

Tony has been Interim Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Education) at Durham since October 2022.  

He is and will remain a member of the University Executive Committee responsible for the development and implementation of pan-University education strategy and policy and leadership on our educational quality, standards and innovation.  

He was Deputy Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Education) from August 2015.   

Leadership on education strategy  

In his role as interim PVC (Education), Tony has led the Education Strategy refresh, ensuring a focus on education that is challenging, enabling, research-led and transformative. 

He has also led on development of the Principles of Teaching, Learning and Assessment and the Graduate Attributes, which together form the basis for future education delivery and holistic student development. 

A strong academic and leadership track record  

Tony moved to Durham in 1989 to take up a postdoctoral position, before being appointed to a Lectureship in 1995. He holds the position of Professor in the Department of Biosciences and has held several senior roles at the University focused on improving the educational experience of students.  

Professor Karen O’Brien, Vice-Chancellor and Warden, said: “Tony has made an outstanding and sustained contribution during a period of great opportunity, challenge and change for the University, demonstrating high quality leadership across key strategic programmes focused on improving the educational experience of all our students.  

“He will build on this significant progress in his role as Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Education).” 

Professor Tony Fawcett said:  “I am excited to take up the permanent role of PVC (Education) and would like to make the most of the opportunity.  

“I eagerly anticipate working with staff and students to deliver the education strategy, shaping together a future of achievement and success."