Rob Sykes

Director of Academic Services


Rob provides overall leadership and/or coordination of a number of key professional services, including Academic Programmes and Student Engagement (APSE); Student Support Services; English Language Teaching Centre; Student Recruitment and Admissions; Research Services; Planning and Insight; Global Engagement; Partnerships and Regional Engagement; the Library; and the University's Strategic Change Office.

Immediately prior to this appointment, he had been the Director of Operations in the Faculty of Social Sciences here at Sheffield. In addition to being a member of the University Executive Board, Rob serves on numerous other University bodies and committees including Senate, Council, Estates Committee and the Strategic Advisory Group on Student Numbers and Fees.

His previous roles include working in postgraduate student admissions, progression and examination, scholarships, research support and research management, during which time he held external secondments to the HEFCE and to the UK research councils, in addition to being an elected non-executive Director of the Association of Research Managers and Administrators (ARMA).

Rob has a BA in Social History from Sheffield and has undertaken several CPD and executive education programmes, most recently a strategic leadership programme at Said Business School, University of Oxford.