Professor Dianne Willcocks

Professor Dianne Willcocks has a BSc (Hons) in Human Sciences and a DipM from Ealing College of Higher Education (now University of West London). Dianne was appointed as an Independent Governor in 2010 and is currently a member of the Governance Committee.

Her roles have included:

  • 2010 continuing: Non-Executive Director (Vice Chair) York Teaching Hospital Foundation Trust
  • 2010 continuing: Trustee (Vice Chair) Joseph Rowntree Foundation
  • 2011-2014: Director, Governor Development Programmes, Leadership Foundation for Higher Education
  • 1999-2010: Vice-Chancellor, York St John University
  • 1993-1999: Assistant Principal, Sheffield Hallam University
  • 1979-1993: Researcher, Director of Research, Dean, University of North London

An advocate and practitioner for socially inclusive higher education, Professor Willcocks’s major commitment is to promote educational endeavour and opportunity that engage with the needs of modern communities for social, cultural and economic wellbeing.

She engages and publishes in the contemporary debate around new learners and new learning styles in higher education and the distinctive role and contribution of church colleges and universities. A social scientist with a multidisciplinary practice, Professor Willcocks’s research is in the field of old age. This includes living arrangements for a new generation of elderly people, issues of citizenship and challenging ageism, living with dementia and end-of-life care. She also engages in public policy and practice debates around community engagement and social inclusion.

Special interests or areas of interest in the University include:

  • widening access and participation
  • community engagement
  • governance
Portrait of Dianne Willcocks