Rob Sykes

Rob provides the overall leadership and coordination of a number of our key professional services, including academic programmes, student and global engagement, research services and more.

Rob Sykes, Executive Director of Academic Services

Rob takes a strategic role in the following professional services at the University:

  • Academic Programmes and Student Engagement (APSE)
  • Student Support Services
  • English Language Teaching Centre
  • Student Recruitment, Marketing and Admissions
  • Research Services
  • Planning, Projects and Business Intelligence
  • Global Engagement
  • Partnerships and Regional Engagement
  • the Library

Prior to this appointment he was the Director of Operations in the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University. In addition to being a member of the University Executive Board, Rob serves as a member of numerous University bodies and committees, including Senate.

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.