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Vice Chancellor's Executive Group

Professor Rebecca Bunting

Vice Chancellor and Chief Executive

Professor Rebecca Bunting took office as Interim Vice Chancellor at the University of Bedfordshire in January 2020. Prior to that she was formerly the Vice Chancellor at Bucks New University.

Professor Bunting is a founding director of the Higher Education Academy and of its successor organisation, Advance HE. She is also the Chair of a number of national HE committees for learning and teaching, and widening participation.

She has conducted research and published in the field of children’s language and literacy development, educational linguistics and pedagogy.

She graduated from Girton College, University of Cambridge with a degree in English Literature and took postgraduate qualifications at London University. She began her career teaching in London comprehensive schools, moving into higher education as a Senior Lecturer at the University of Roehampton.

She later became Dean of Education at Anglia Ruskin University and Pro-Rector at the University of Northampton. From there she moved to the University of Portsmouth in 2004 as Pro Vice Chancellor and from 2007 as Deputy Vice Chancellor.

Donald Harley

Deputy Vice Chancellor (Resources)

Donald joined the university in 2006 as Director of Finance and was appointed Deputy Vice Chancellor (Resources) in 2009.  Donald's remit includes responsibility for Estates and Facilities, Sustainable Development, ICT and Finance.

Prior joining the university he occupied senior finance roles at Westminster Council (2005-2006); AWG Anglian Water plc (2001-2005); Scottish & Newcastle plc (1990-2001) and Heron Corporation (1985-1990).

Donald is a Chartered Accountant (ICAS) and a graduate of the University of Edinburgh.

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