In September 2015, Rebecca became Vice-Principal (Student Experience, Teaching & Learning) and Professor of Fluid Dynamics at Queen Mary University of London (QMUL). As Vice-Principal, Rebecca is responsible for ensuring high-quality learning experiences for all students, supporting students’ achievement through all stages of their educational, personal and professional development, and also for developing staff excellence in teaching and student support. As part of this remit and building on her related experiences in Continuing Education at Oxford and more recently Cambridge, Rebecca is responsible for developing QMUL’s portfolio of online (distance) taught programmes and institution-wide virtual learning environment resources; areas in which she is particularly keen to innovate.
Her research focuses on laminar-turbulent transition of complex fluid flows, and she is a member of QMUL’s School of Engineering and Materials Science. She holds a guest professorship at the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Stockholm, Sweden, where her research group is based. Rebecca is a Fellow of the Institute of Mechanical Engineers (FIMechE) and of the Royal Aeronautical Society (FRAeS), and a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (PFHEA). She is closely involved with two multi-academy trusts – the University Schools Trust, East London, and the Drapers’ Academy. She is also a trustee of the Medical College of St Bartholomew’s Hospital Trust and of the Daphne Jackson Trust.