Jackie Dunne is responsible for leading the University of Wolverhampton’s widening participation and outreach work, including engagement with schools and colleges and the University’s work with Academy Schools and University Technical College (UTCs). She is also responsible for online and technology enhanced learning and for the University’s approach to distributed learning centres.
With over 25 years’ experience in higher education, Jackie has held a number of senior management positions at established universities including Coventry University and the University of Leicester.
At national level, Jackie has been active in the field of lifelong learning and part-time higher education and is Honorary Secretary of the Universities Association for Lifelong Learning (UALL).
Jackie has been involved in a number of national initiatives in part-time higher education and lifelong learning. For two years, Jackie was a Board member of the Universities Vocational Awards Council (UVAC) from 2008 to 2010. She has also held a number of regional roles in the East Midlands and has been active in the local economic development and skills arena.
Jackie said: “The University of Wolverhampton has a keen interest in being represented on the Walsall Economic Board as part of our role as a social and economic anchor in the Black Country and a provider of quality education and skills for the region. We have a strong presence in Walsall with a Campus based there and a huge number of our students come from the Walsall Borough. Our unprecedented investment programme, ‘Our Vision, Your Opportunity’ aims to generate £250 million of investment by 2020 to drive economic growth in the Black Country region and to further enhance the student experience and therefore the University’s contribution to the Walsall Economic Board aligns with our strategic plan to play our part in enriching the local economy.”