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Professor Alexandra Hughes

Governor / Vice-Chair of the Board of Governors

Professor Alexandra Hughes has an extensive career in higher education, having held senior management roles at the Universities of Kent and Birmingham. Alex is currently Deputy Vice Chancellor of Global Engagement and Employability at University of Westminster, working with WAES on the Digital Academies Project. 

Alex is deeply committed to inclusion and access to education, especially for learners from non-traditional and disadvantaged backgrounds. This deep commitment is Alex’s primary motivation for becoming a governor at WAES. 

The skills Alex brings to the role of governor include deep familiarity with higher education, global engagement, the employability agenda in Higher Education, as well as matters of equality, diversity and inclusion. 

Between 2016 and 2021, Alex was a member of, and eventually Vice President of, the executive committee of the SGroup Universities in Europe network. Alex has worked closely with Universities UK on outward student mobility and is a current member of the London Higher EDI and international networks. Alex represents the University of Westminster as a member of the Sir Simon Milton Westminster UTC Academy Trust. 

Alex’s interests include photography and reading.