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Cert. Ed., B.Ed., M.Ed., FRSA

Professor Anna Sutton began her career at the University of Chester in August 2002 as Deputy Dean of Education. Following a period as Acting Dean, Anna was appointed as Dean of the Faculty of Education and Children’s Services in August 2004 and became Executive Dean in 2010. In September 2015, Anna was appointed as Provost of the new University Centre Shrewsbury and PVC of the University of Chester. She was also awarded Professorial status. Anna stepped down as Executive Dean of the Faculty in August 2017 to take on the role of Deputy Vice-Chancellor alongside her duties as Provost of University Centre Shrewsbury.

Anna started her career as a Primary School teacher in 1973 following teacher training at St Mary’s College Bangor. In 1984 she was appointed as Head teacher of an Infants’ School. She moved into higher education and teacher training in the 1980s, first as a Senior Lecturer and then as a Principal Lecturer in Early Childhood Education and became head of department. During this period, Anna worked abroad in Palestine, Sweden and America, on projects associated with Early Years initial teacher training and in-service provision for qualified teachers.

Anna’s role as a Faculty Dean culminated in the award of ‘Outstanding’ status from OFSTED for the Primary and Secondary Initial Teacher Training programmes at Chester in December 2016. She greatly enjoyed the years of building the Faculty and is grateful for the commitment of her colleagues in achieving such wonderful results worthy of the heritage of the University of Chester as the first purpose built provision for the training of teachers in 1839.

Anna’s role as Provost of University Centre Shrewsbury (UCS), is equally challenging and exciting. The Centre has been established in partnership with Shropshire Council to build a University for Shrewsbury. Anna is totally committed to this development and is delighted to see the Centre growing year on year. As Provost she is responsible for delivering the vision and success of this new fledgling university. The Centre is heavily engaged with the community in which it sits and benefits from the support of local Shrewsbury people.

Part of Anna’s role as Deputy Vice-Chancellor is responsibility for the development of cultural links between the University and the City of Chester together with public benefit. To this end the University has established a partnership with the new cultural centre in Chester, Storyhouse. The advent of this new development means that Anna is pushing at an open door in developing new collaborative activities to the benefit of students and staff and the wider public. Anna is a member of the Senior Management team of the University of Chester and also sits on the University Council.

Now into her sixteenth year of service at Chester, Anna continues to be fully committed to the development of the University and continues to enjoy her roles.