University Secretary and Registrar
Peter Garrod has a broad breadth of experience across Higher Education legislation, compliance and leadership, having held posts at the School of African and Oriental Studies and King’s College London.
Born and raised in Bermuda, Peter travelled to the US for his university education.
“I studied History at Brown University, and during this time I became particularly interested in medieval and early modern history,” he said. “So I decided to pursue the subject further with an MA in History from the University of Chicago.”
Peter’s interest in historical records led him to London, and a budding career as an archivist was on the horizon.
“I developed an interest in archive work, and completed an MA in Archive Studies at University College London. I then worked as an archivist for Dorset County Council before entering the HE sector in 1998, when I joined the University of London Computer Centre.”
It was while working at the University of London as an archivist for the Computer Centre and later the School of African and Oriental Studies (SOAS) that Peter developed an interest in information compliance, Freedom of Information work and data protection, and his career moved increasingly into the legal affairs and governance space.
Topping up his education with a Diploma in Computing from the Open University and a Postgraduate Diploma in Information Rights Law and Practice, Peter increasingly specialised in this important area of university administration.
He was appointed Director of Governance and Legal Affairs at Kings College London in 2009 before joining London Met in 2014.
In his role as University Secretary and Registrar, Peter will maintain his previous responsibilities for governance, compliance, Prevent, complaints and the University’s relationship with HEFCE. However, he also has new responsibilities arising from the restructure.
“There are two key changes,” he explained. “I will now be responsible for student casework (student appeals and academic discipline), which will be coming into the Secretary’s Office. This builds on the work which the Secretary’s Office has previously carried out relating to student complaints, non-academic discipline, fitness to study and other regulatory areas. This is an opportunity to create a unified student complaints and appeals office, which will provide a much simpler system for our students and staff.
“The second objective I have is the establishment and effective running of the University’s centralised administrative service, in which I’ll be responsible for around 40 professional staff supporting our Schools in their education work. We are calling the new department Academic Business Administration. Supporting the move to one campus, we want to progressively move from a team structure focussed on individual Schools to one that works across the University. I’m particularly excited about this, as it will enable these colleagues to enjoy better, uniform and structured professional and personal development opportunities.”
For Peter, one of the best things about working at London Met is the opportunity to make a positive difference, and he sees particular opportunity for the University in the One Campus, One Community project.
“My favourite aspect of London Met is the challenges involved in helping to lead the University to a better place and the sense that I can make a real difference in that. One Campus, One Community gives us a chance to fundamentally transform the University in a way that is rarely possible in other institutions.”