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The University of Chester is organised into eight academic faculties, each of which is overseen by a faculty dean. Certain Support functions are also overseen by a dean. Deans of the University are as follows: 

Dean of Academic Quality and Enhancement

Dr Karen Willis, BA (Durham), PGCE, MA (Open), EdD (Bristol)

Executive Dean of Arts and Humanities

Professor Paul Johnson, new

Executive Dean of Business and Management


Executive Dean of Education and Children's Services

Professor David Cumberland, BA Hons (Liverpool), PGCE (Liverpool), PG Dip (Manchester Metropolitan), NPQH (Manchester), MA (Chester).

Executive Dean of Health and Social Care

Professor Angela Simpson, BA (Leeds Met), MA (Leeds), PGCert (Huddersfield), PhD (Newcastle), RMN, NMC.

Executive Dean of Medicine, Dentistry and Life Sciences

Dr Chris Haslam, BSc (Newcastle), PhD (Southampton), DMS (Open)

Executive Dean of Science and Engineering

Mr Garfield Southall, MSc, BSc.

Executive Dean of Social Science

Professor David Balsamo, BA (Middlesex), MSc (London), MSc (Oxford), DSocSci (Bristol), CQSW