Chair of the YU Board
Professor Sir Chris Husbands
Professor Sir Chris Husbands has been Vice-Chancellor of Sheffield Hallam University since January 2016 and Chair of the YU Board of Directors since 1 August 2018.
A Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences, he has undertaken senior roles in universities for over eighteen years, as Head of the Institute of Education at Warwick University (2000-2003), as Dean of Education and Lifelong Learning at the University of East Anglia (2003-2007), as Dean of Faculty and then Director of the Institute of Education (2007-2015) and as Vice-Provost at University College London (2014-2015).
His academic interests are in education policy and practice; his research has explored the reasons for difference in performance between education systems and his work has been published in fifteen books and over four hundred papers and presentations. He has worked with local and national governments in the UK and internationally, across four continents.
Sir Chris graduated with a double starred First in History from the University of Cambridge, where he went on to complete a doctorate in Geography. He was a teacher and senior manager in urban secondary comprehensive schools before becoming a university lecturer.
Sir Chris was appointed in 2016 by the Government as the inaugural Chair of the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) which assesses teaching excellence across UK higher education. He is Chair of the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) Board, Chair of the Doncaster Opportunity Area Board and a co-opted Private Sector member of the Sheffield City Region Local Enterprise Partnership (SCR LEP) Board and recently became Chair of Yorkshire Universities. Sir Chris was knighted for services to Higher Education in 2018.