Professor Helen Laville

Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Education

Professor Helen Laville became Pro-Vice Chancellor for Education at Manchester Metropolitan University in May 2016.

Professor Laville is responsible for the long-term strategic vision on education at MMU, as well as contributing more broadly to the leadership and direction of the University. Professor Laville works on all aspects of MMU’s educational portfolio relating to the curriculum, student experience, student outcomes, pedagogy, partnerships, delivery and innovation, developing a transformational and world class educational experience that will enhance students’ career prospects.

Professor Laville is a History graduate of the University of Birmingham. She later obtained a PhD from the University of Nottingham, before returning to the University of Birmingham as a Lecturer in the Department of American and Canadian Studies. During her time at Birmingham, Helen served as a Head of Postgraduate Studies, and as Head of Department before becoming Head of the School of English, Drama and American and Canadian Studies in 2013. In this role she led on structural change, portfolio review and curriculum redesign, driving the transformation of the student experience and student outcomes. Her leadership contributed to a significant growth in student satisfaction and recruitment. Her contributions to online learning courses for research postgraduate students reflect her interest in both alternative modes of delivery and support for postgraduate learning.

Professor Laville’s research is in post-war American history, focusing on women’s associations, international networks and civil rights, and she has established a strong profile as a scholar of the ’State-private network’ in the Cold War She has published widely in her chief research areas of Gender, International Relations, Civil Rights, and Cold War Film. She continues to research in the field of American women’s political activism.


To get in touch with Professor Helen Laville, please contact:

Natassja Campbell
Phone: +44 (0)161 247 1582
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