The University Secretary is responsible for the University’s overall governance, assurance and legal compliance. The role provides advice and support to the University’s governing body and board of trustees (the Council), to the Senate, and to the Vice-Chancellor and the Vice Chancellor's Executive Team. The University Secretary’s Office comprises Governance Support Services, Legal Services, the University Assurance Service and Information Governance Unit.
Professional background and expertise
Amanda has extensive experience in higher education and is an authoritative and authentic leader. She has successfully led professional service operations and change programmes, both at an institutional and service level.
She came to Durham from York St John University where she was Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Governance and Student Life). She has also held senior roles at the Office for Students, the Higher Education Funding Council, the University of Hull and the Quality Assurance Agency.
Education and qualifications
Amanda has an MBA from the UCL Institute of Education, a PGCE from the University of Huddersfield and a PhD in parasitology and immunology from the University of Leeds.