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Richard has worked for 35 years in Higher Education including four years as Deputy Vice-Chancellor. As DVC, he led strategic change that transformed student experience and outcomes. In 2 years he achieved a 6% improvement in overall student satisfaction, culminating in Solent University winning the Times Higher 'most improved student experience' award 2015.
His employability and enterprise strategy was commended by the Quality Assurance Agency in 2013 and he attained a top 20 position on all three measures of student business start-up activity. He improved proportion of graduates in ‘good jobs’ after 6 months by 9% absolutely (5% relative to benchmark) and in 4 years doubled enterprise income.
At the Higher Education Funding Council for England for six years, he led 14 projects worth £107m and contributed to policy formation on teaching funding, knowledge exchange and quality assurance.
Richard's experience includes line management of deans of faculty and service and managerial oversight of large programme and organisational budgets. In summer 2015 he set up Richard Blackwell & Associates Ltd.