Professor Julie Lydon OBE

Professor Julie Lydon OBE

Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive of the University of South Wales

Julie-Lydon 01-300x200Julie Lydon became Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive of the University of South Wales at its formation in 2013. As CEO of a £200m higher education group that encompasses a major university, national conservatoire, and further education college, she leads the University’s partnership work with key international companies, including General Electric and British Airways, and academic partners across the globe.

Julie Lydon’s career in industry began as a graduate trainee at engineering firm Tube Investments, a British company producing specialist components for Rolls-Royce and British Aerospace, and precision components for the nuclear industry.

After ten years in the engineering sector, latterly as a director of sales & marketing, she moved at regional director level to merger and acquisition company M&A, dealing with company restructuring primarily in the retail sector. Her industrial experience led her to the academic world, initially as a lecturer in business and rapidly becoming Associate Dean of the Business School at the University of Wolverhampton, Assistant Vice-Chancellor at UWE Bristol, and Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Pro Vice-Chancellor (Academic Development) of the University of Glamorgan, before becoming the University of Glamorgan Group’s Vice Chancellor and Chief Executive in 2010.

Julie Lydon is a board member of the UK’s leading higher education industry bodies, including UCEA, University Alliance, Higher Education Wales, CBI Wales Council,Newport Economic Network, UUK Board,  and her personal research interests include organisational change and collaboration within higher education.


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