Professor Mary Stuart CBE is Vice Chancellor of the University of Lincoln. She is a graduate of the University of Cape Town and the Open University where she obtained her Doctorate in Social Policy in 1998. Her research interests are focussed on life histories, social mobility, higher education students, leadership in 21st Century organisations, place-making, economic and community development.
Mary has a strong track record in all aspects of university management, having worked in senior roles in three different universities. Since joining Lincoln she has established and grown the first new Engineering School to be created in the UK for more than 20 years (in collaboration with Siemens plc). Mary has also successfully led the development of science provision at Lincoln, including the Schools of Chemistry, Pharmacy, Physics and Mathematics, and has established the Lincoln Institute for Agri-food Technology to develop the future of farming and grow our food industry’s competitiveness.
Passionate about the student experience, Mary seeks to continually drive change and improvements in partnership with students and the academic community, working closely with the Students’ Union at Lincoln.
Mary is currently a member of the Office for Students –Student Information Advisory Group (SIAG), Trustee of the Universities Partnership Programme (UPP), and a Fellow of the Bridge Group. Mary is also a Commissioner on the Civic University Commission.
Mary is Chair of the Lincoln Cultural and Arts Partnership (LCAP) and the Founding Director of the Greater Lincolnshire Local Enterprise Partnership (GLLEP). She is a member of the Greater Lincolnshire Leaders Board, Director of Lincoln Science and Innovation Park (LSIP), Director of Lincolnshire Economic Action Partnership (LEAP), Chair of the Members of Lincolnshire Educational Trust (LET) and member of the Lincoln UTC.
The University of Lincoln aims to be a global thought leader for 21st Century higher education. Mary leads the 21st Century Lab, a major new project investigating the purpose of universities in the 21st Century, drawing on diverse and distinctive voices from a variety of different sectors from across the globe.