Professor Helen O’Sullivan became Pro Vice-Chancellor for Education on 1st January 2018. She was previously Associate Pro Vice-Chancellor for Online Learning at University of Liverpool, where she had responsibility for all aspects of online and technology enhanced learning.
Helen graduated in molecular biology at the University of Liverpool before taking a PhD in bacterial genetics. After a post-doctoral fellowship at Liverpool, she moved to a lectureship in Biological Sciences at what is now Liverpool Hope University. She became interested in the psychology of learning and undertook a range of leadership roles including Dean of Sciences and Social Sciences.
Helen moved to University of Liverpool in 2006 to lead the Hefce funded Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning. The work of the Centre helped to shape how medical professionalism is taught across medical schools in the UK and internationally and during this time, Helen set up the UK Council for Teachers of Professionalism. Her research focuses on the role of emotional intelligence in developing professionalism and leadership in doctors and she was promoted to a personal chair in Medical Education in 2013.
Her current external activities include membership of UUK International’s HE Global Advisory Board and of Jisc’s Senior TEL Steering Group.