Kirstie Simpson

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Kirstie Simpson

Deputy Dean and Associate Professor at University of Chester

Within Chester Business School, I have responsibility for the University’s strategic economic development team. Alongside the academic responsibilities of my role, I oversee a number of significantly-sized externally funded projects, totalling almost £40m. This means my work day-day is particularly varied but the outcome is always on ensuring excellent student experience and outcomes.

More recently my work has focussed on the Industrial Decarbonisation Challenge and the requirement and importance of the development of skills throughout the decarbonisation supply chain. I am the chair of the Skills, Learning and Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) subcommittee for the HyNet project and am therefore leading the charge for a more inclusive and diverse workforce. I am very keen on maximising academic – industry interaction; enhancing these relationships to create flexible and accessible learning opportunities to help industry develop the skills for their future workforce. This includes things like the use of learning mobility and the co-creation of live projects to solve real industry problems.