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Steven West CBE

Vice-Chancellor, President and Chief Executive Officer
University of the West of England (Confirmed)

Professor Steve West took up the post of Vice-Chancellor and President of the University of the West of England Bristol in 2008. Steve trained as a Podiatrist and Podiatric Surgeon in London and developed his research interests in Lower Limb Biomechanics and the Diabetic Foot at King’s College London. He worked as a clinician and clinical tutor in the NHS, University Sector and undertook research and consultancy in industry and the retail healthcare sectors. He holds a number of national and international advisory appointments in Higher Education and in his clinical discipline, healthcare policy and practice.  He is Non-Executive Director for the Office for Students and Chair of the UUK Mental Health in Higher Education Working Group.  He is also a member of both the Education and the Diversity Honours Committees. He is Chair of the West of England LEP, Chair of the West of England Academic Health Science Network (WEAHSN) and Non-Executive Designate on United Hospitals Bristol Foundation Trust Board. Professor West is a Deputy Lieutenant for the County of Gloucestershire and was awarded a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the New Year's Honours list 2017, for services to Higher Education.

  • Addressing founding for mental health: maximising available resources to provide the best counselling support possible
  • Integrating wellbeing in universities’ curriculums as a means to abolish stigmas and make mental health more visible
  • A student-centred approach: a mental health strategy that addresses the needs of a heterogeneous student faculty and helping students with transition
  • Improving students’ data sharing between universities and local health services for a more efficient treatment and support
  • Working with the NHS service to improve the referrals system