Vice-Chancellor's Office

Professor Paul Hayes
Deputy Vice-Chancellor

As Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Professor Paul Hayes shapes our ambitious education strategy. His work helps us give our students an excellent education and experience.

Paul, who previously served as Dean of the University's Faculty of Science, also has responsibility for the management of our Executive Deans and Dean of Learning and Teaching.

A marine biologist by training, his research in microbial ecology is recognised around the world.

Deputy Vice-Chancellor - Professor Paul Hayes

Telephone: 023 9284 3188
Address: University House, Winston Churchill Avenue, Portsmouth, PO1 2UP

Executive Assistant to Paul Hayes - Claire Coffin

Telephone: 023 9284 3395
Address: University House, Winston Churchill Avenue, Portsmouth, PO1 2UP

Paul Hayes  

Chris Chang
Pro Vice-Chancellor Global Engagement

Chris is responsible for providing strategic leadership in the development and implementation of an ambitious Global Engagement strategy for the University, for extending our global partnerships and reach to make our high-quality brand of education even more accessible worldwide.

Before joining the University in September 2016, Chris was Pro Vice-Chancellor Corporate Marketing, International and Development Services at Anglia Ruskin University. He has over 20 years’ experience in the higher education sector and a background as a lawyer. He qualified as a barrister in 1986 and began his career working as an advocate and solicitor at the High Court of Malaya, advising large corporate clients.

Pro Vice-Chancellor – Chris Chang 

Telephone: 023 9284 3404
Address: University House, Winston Churchill Avenue, Portsmouth, PO1 2UP

Executive Assistant to Chris Chang – Nathalie Derrick

Telephone: 023 9284 3398
Address: University House, Winston Churchill Avenue, Portsmouth, PO1 2UP

‌ Chris Chang

Professor Bob Nichol
Acting Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research and Innovation)

Professor Bob Nichol develops our culture of research and innovation. He's currently reviewing how we can increase our research income, opportunities and capacity.

He became the acting Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research and Innovation) in September 2018 and has been the joint Director of our Institute of Cosmology and Gravitation since 2008.

Bob is a cosmologist with experience in large astronomical surveys such as the Sloan Digital Sky Survey and the Dark Energy Survey. Over his career, he has promoted the societal and economic impact of his research through projects like GalaxyZoo.

Acting Pro Vice-Chancellor - Professor Bob Nichol

Telephone: 023 9284 4472
Address: University House, Winston Churchill Avenue, Portsmouth, PO1 2UP

Executive Assistant to Bob Nichol - Madeleine Hildrew

Telephone: 023 9284 3192
Address: University House, Winston Churchill Avenue, Portsmouth, PO1 2UP

Bob Nichol

Mark Cooper
Associate Pro Vice-Chancellor (Education Partnerships)

Mark joined the University of Portsmouth in 2016. Previously, he was employed as Assistant Principal for Curriculum and Higher Education at Wiltshire College based at their Salisbury campus. As a member of the Senior Management Team (SMT) he had strategic oversight of Higher Education, working with a range of partner universities in developing and maintaining provision. Mark is also an active QAA Reviewer and has carried out many HE in FE reviews since 2003. He gained his first degree from the University of Birmingham in 1995 and postgraduate and Master’s degrees at University of Exeter and University of Chester respectively. He is currently studying for his Doctorate in Education (EdD) and is due to graduate in 2020.

Committed to education and skills at all levels Mark is currently the Chair of Trustees at UTC Portsmouth and sits on the Board of Governors at Stanmore College, London. Previously he has also been a governor at a secondary school academy in Fareham and South Wiltshire University Technical College in Salisbury.

Mark was appointed as Associate Pro Vice-Chancellor (Education Partnerships) at the University of Portsmouth. He is responsible for the strategic development of partnerships with schools, colleges, business and industry and also has oversight of the development of degree level apprenticeships.

Associate Pro Vice-Chancellor (Education Partnerships) - Mark Cooper

Telephone: 023 9284 3151
Address: Room 0.118, Careers and Employability Service, James Watson Building, 28 Guildhall Walk, Portsmouth, PO1 2DD
Diary Enquiries: Paige Cowlishaw -

Mark Cooper

Dr Harriet Dunbar-Morris

Dean of Learning and Teaching

Harriet is responsible for ensuring that the University delivers an exceptional student experience for all our students. Passionate about giving students a voice -- and to placing student engagement at the heart of everything we do -- Harriet's operational and strategic leadership shapes how we enhance and evaluate the way we teach, develop and support our students.

In her role as our Dean of Learning and Teaching, Harriet is also responsible for the management of the Directors of the Departments of Curriculum and Quality Enhancement, and Careers and Employability. 

After completing her DPhil via the universities of Sussex and Toulouse, and following a postdoc in Psycholinguistics, Harriet returned from France to join first the Oxford Learning Institute, and then Wolfson College and Oxford's Department of Education as a Research Fellow. Post-Oxford, Harriet worked at UCAS, the 1994 Group, and the University of Bath in senior research and policy positions. Harriet’s most recent position was at the University of Bradford where she was a Director and the Strategic Advisor to the Vice-Chancellor.

Dean of Learning and Teaching - Dr Harriet Dunbar-Morris

Telephone: 023 9284 5527
Address: Second Floor, (DCQE) Mercantile House, Hampshire Terrace, Portsmouth, PO1 2EG
Diary Enquiries: Claire Coffin -

Harriet Dunbar-Morris