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Niall Hayes

Niall Hayes

Executive Dean for Graduate Outcomes



Professor Niall Hayes joined Nottingham Trent University (NTU) in September 2022. He provides strategic leadership to progress good graduate outcomes for all NTU students, co-defined with students and graduates, and inclusive of graduate employment, wellbeing, quality of life, lifelong learning, and social mobility.

Niall previously worked at Lancaster University where he was a Professor of Information and Organisation. During his time at Lancaster University, he occupied a wide variety of institutional roles including Programme Director, Research Centre Director, Head of Department and Associate Dean. Prior to joining Lancaster University, he was a Lecturer at the University of Manchester.

Career overview

Professor Hayes has worked closely with many public and private sector organisations. He has presented his work at the European Parliament, at Westminster and at Regional Government Authorities. He has been a keynote speaker, served in editorial positions for leading international journals and chaired several international conferences.  He is External Examiner at the London School of Economics and Political Sciences and at The University of Manchester. Niall is also a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Research areas

Professor Hayes’ research work can most specifically be located within the social studies of information systems. His research has been published in leading international journals and is well cited.  Niall’s current research interests are fourfold:

  • digital innovation and the public sector
  • digital inclusion (older adults and / or rural locations)
  • information technology and international development
  • participatory design.

Professor Hayes was the Principal Investigator for a €2,986,163 Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Action entitled Mobile-Age.

He has also received funding totalling approximately £300,000 from the Higher Education Academy for a project called Student Diversity and Academic Writing. Most recently, Professor Hayes secured funding from the British Academy in the domain of digital poverty in rural areas.