Mary Stuart CBE is an academic and former university vice-chancellor with an interest in histories, social mobility, students and community development. She spent 15 years at the University of Sussex moving from a lecturing role to becoming Pro Vice Chancellor for Students and Professor of Continuing Education.  In 2005, she moved to Kingston University as Deputy Vice Chancellor and in 2009 was appointed the Vice Chancellor at the University of Lincoln, UK. At Lincoln she led the transformation of the institution from 2009 to 2021. Alongside her leadership experience Mary has a long track record of researching and writing about Higher Education.  Mary also contributed to and supported the UCL/Institute of Education’s Higher Education MBA from 2014-2018. She is currently Director of Leadership Development at Minerva.