19th February 2003




The University of Lincoln has appointed a new Pro Vice Chancellor to take responsibility for academic affairs.


Dr Frances Mannsåker will move to Lincoln from the University of Glamorgan, where she is currently Dean of Quality and Enhancement and acting Head of the School of Law. She was also a Pro Vice Chancellor at Glamorgan from 2000 to 2002 on a two-year rotational appointment.


Dr Mannsåker will take up her post on 1st June 2003, replacing Professor Derek Crothall, who died in September last year.


She studied English at Nottingham University to doctoral level and then taught at Loughborough College of Higher Education. After a year’s teaching at Bombay University in the postgraduate Department of English she took up a post as a junior lecturer at Newcastle Polytechnic, where she rose to become Head of English.


She then joined the Polytechnic of Wales in 1990 as Head of the Department of

Humanities, which later became the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, of which Dr Mannsåker was head.


She became Dean of Policy in 1997, a role she kept until she was seconded on a rotational basis to be Pro Vice Chancellor from 2000 to 2002, whereupon she became Dean of Quality.


Dr Mannsåker has a national reputation in higher education development, having worked for a variety of funding and quality agencies over a long period, and is a founding fellow of the English Association.


As an academic auditor for higher education institutions with the Quality Assurance Agency she has been involved in eight institutional audits and was due to visit the University of Lincoln for an institutional audit this year. She has withdrawn from that engagement but has agreed to help the university prepare for the visit.


“I am looking forward to joining the team at Lincoln,” said Dr Mannsåker. “To be in the midst of building a new university in Lincoln and Hull is an exciting new challenge and one which I relish.”


Professor David Chiddick, Vice Chancellor of the University of Lincoln, commented: “Dr Mannsåker brings to the university significant experience in academic development and enhancement, a fundamental area of importance to the university this year and in the future.”



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University of Lincoln (tel: 01522 886042)                 email: jashberry@lincoln.ac.uk