Professor Carlisle joined Falmouth University as Vice-Chancellor & Chief Executive in 2009. Since then, the University has gone through a period of major expansion and is one of the fastest growing universities in the UK having secured full university title in 2012.
Falmouth University is a key driver in Cornwall’s economic regeneration and it won the Entrepreneurship Award in the 2017 Guardian Awards for its ground-breaking LAUNCHPAD programme, which Professor Carlisle founded. This programme takes graduate talent and builds new, high-growth tech companies to market demand in partnership with industry.
Professor Carlisle received a first class honours degree in Fine Art from the University of Ulster, an MA from University of the Arts London and co-founded CIRCA publications before starting her academic career. Prior to joining Falmouth University, Professor Carlisle was Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor at the University of Wales in Newport where she led research and innovation.
Professor Carlisle received the award of Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the New Year Honours list 2019.