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Professor Paul Layzell

Professor Paul Layzell (BA (Econ), MSc, PhD, FBCS, CEng, FHEA) is Principal of Royal Holloway, University of London. Previously he was Deputy Vice-Chancellor at the University of Sussex (2006-2010), Vice-President for University Development at the University of Manchester (2004-2006) and Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Resources at UMIST (1999-2004).  He was Programme Manager for the merger of UMIST and the Victoria University of Manchester between 2001 and 2004.

Professor Paul Layzell
Professor Paul Layzell

In 1995 he was appointed Professor of Software Management at UMIST and has been an active researcher in the field of software engineering and how software systems are adapted to meet the changing needs of organisations, staff and users.  His most recent work considered the technical and ethical issues associated with sharing of client data across complex information in the NHS, Social Services and Education system.

Paul has had a strong interest in the cultural contribution that can be made by higher education.  At Manchester University he had policy responsibility for the Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester Museum and the Jodrell Bank Radio Telescope Visitor Centre.  At Sussex University he oversaw the regeneration of the campus arts centre and represented the University as a partner in the development of a regional archive for Brighton and East Sussex.

Paul is Chair of AQA Education, one of the UK’s largest examination bodies for A-level and GCSE qualifications.  

He is also Chair of Eduserv, a charitable organisation that provides IT infrastructure and licensing services for higher and further education and several government departments and is a member of the new Board of Trustees that now oversees JISC.

Other Charities:

  • AQA (Trustee and Chair)
  • Eduserv (Trustee and Chair) until 31 December 2013
  • JISC (Trustee)

Other Directorships/Trusteeships (updated January 2019)

  • Trustee and Director, JISC 
  • Trustee and Director, HESA 
  • Trustee and Director, London Higher