The University of Lincoln, UK
Professor Stuart joined the University of Lincoln, UK as Vice Chancellor in November 2009. She is a graduate of the University of Cape Town and the Open University where she obtained her Doctorate in Social Policy in 1998. Her research interests are focused on life histories, social mobility, higher education students and community development.
Since joining the University of Lincoln, Mary has renewed the curriculum at Lincoln, growing science provision and establishing the first new engineering school to be created in the UK for more than 20 years in collaboration with engineering giant Siemens plc. Mary recently announced plans to create a new science and innovation park, including a school of pharmacy, in collaboration with Lincolnshire Co-operative. Mary has been a champion of widening participation and life-long learning and her latest book, ‘Social Mobility and Higher Education: The life experiences of first generation entrants in higher education’, was published in 2012. She has extensive experience of developing partnership working between institutions and leading change within universities. She is a Board member of Universities UK, a member of HEFCE’s Teaching Quality and Student Experience Strategic Committee and the Higher Education Public Information Steering Group as well as being Chair of the Universities Association of Lifelong Learning (UALL), Chair of Open Educational Resource (OER) Steering Group, Chair of Action on Access Advisory Committee and Deputy Chair of the University Alliance.