Helen Higson_ Board of Governors

Professor Helen Higson OBE DL BA (Hons) MA PhD


Professor Helen Higson completed her first degree in English Literature from Newnham College, Cambridge University and followed this up with an MA with the Open University and a PhD at Birkbeck College, London University.

She has worked in Higher Education since 1983, first at Southampton University and then at Aston. She is currently Provost and Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Aston University where she leads on outreach and recruitment, learning and teaching and employability.

Her previous role was as Head of Learning and Teaching at Aston Business School. She is Professor of Higher Education Learning and Management and National Teaching Fellow (NTF) and Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (PFHEA). Her current research includes intercultural training for staff and students and research into employability competencies and diversity.

Helen contributed a chapter to the 2012 Wilson Review on University Business relations. She was awarded the OBE in the 2011 New Year Honours for services to Higher Education.

In 2016, the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) appointed Helen member of the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) panel.

In 2017 Helen was appointed as a Deputy Lieutenant for the West Midlands.

Board of Governors