Nigel Healy

Nigel Healey

Pro Vice-Chancellor and Head of College

College of Business Law & Social Sciences

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Heads of School School Management Team


Nigel is Head of the College of Business, Law and Social Sciences and Pro-Vice-Chancellor (International) at Nottingham Trent University.

Professor Nigel Healey's Direct Reports:

  • Nicki Atherton - College Executive Assistant
  • Professor Thomas Baguley - College Acting Associate Dean Research
  • Angie Bailey - College Human Resources Business Partner
  • Professor Janine Griffiths-Baker - Dean, Nottingham Law School
  • Kate Hay - College Acting Finance and Planning Manager
  • Baljinder Johal - College Academic Administration Manager
  • Lorraine Jones - College Marketing Manager
  • Kathie Moore - Dean, School of Social Sciences
  • Dr Gill Scott - Dean, School of Education
  • Stephen Williams - NTU Global Director
  • Professor Baback Yazdani - Dean, Nottingham Business School

Career overview

Nigel has held previous positions at a number of universities in the UK and New Zealand, including Pro-Vice-Chancellor and Dean of the College of Business and Law at the University of Canterbury (2004-11), Pro-Vice-Chancellor and Dean of Manchester Metropolitan University Business School (2000-04), Head of Department of Business Studies at Manchester Metropolitan University (1996-2000) and Lecturer/Jean Monnet Chair of European Economic Studies at the University of Leicester (1989-96).

He has served as an economic policy advisor to the Prime Minister of Belarus and the Deputy Minister of Economy of the Russian Federation and managed a number of international research and educational development projects in central and eastern Europe and south-east Asia. He has held visiting professorships at Kent State University, South Dakota State University, Vilnius University, University of Gdansk, St Methodius and St Cyril University (Bulgaria), Szczecin University, Belarus State University, Peking University (New Zealand Centre) and, currently, Sichuan University.

Research areas

Nigel's current research interest is the internationalisation of higher education. His recent studies have included the motivation for franchising university degrees, the outlook for transnational education, typologies of transnational education and risk management in offshore education. He is currently undertaking a qualitative research study of the managerial challenges of managing international branch campuses.

His recent work has been published in Higher Education Policy, Higher Education, Higher Education Review, Higher Education Quarterly and the Journal of Education Leadership, Policy and Practice.

He is a member of the Higher Education Academy Special Interest Group on Transnational Education and was part of the UNESCO research team studying the impact of the global financial crisis on higher education in the Asia-Pacific. He is also a member of the Society for Research in Higher Education (SRHE).

External activity

Nigel is a member of the Board of Trustees of the UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA) and the Council of the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS), where he presents the interests of international students and chairs the UCAS International Advisory Group. He also serves on the International Advisory Group of the University Alliance and the HEGlobal Advisory Board.

Since 2008, he has chaired the International Academic Advisory Committee (IAAC) of the QS Asia-Pacific Professional Leaders in Education (QS-APPLE) annual conference, organising conferences hosted by Yonsei University (2008), University of Malaya (2009), Mahidol University (2010), University of Santo Tomas (2011), Bogor Agricultural University (2012), Sungkyunkwan University (2013), Taipei Medical University (2014) and RMIT (2015). He is also a member of the IAAC of the sister QS Middle-East and Africa Professional Leaders in Education (QS-MAPLE) annual conferences, organising conferences at the University of KwaZulu Natal (2012), the University of Johannesburg (2013), Khalifa University (2014) and Qatar University (2015).

He is a long-standing member of the European Association for International Education (EAIE) and previously served as a member of the Executives of the Association of Business Schools (UK), the Australia and New Zealand Academy of Management (ANZAM), the International Accreditation Advisory Board of the Association of MBAs (AMBA) and the Committee on International Policy of Universities New Zealand.

Nigel is a Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute and a Chartered Manager. He is also a Fellow of the New Zealand Institute of Management and a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Press expertise

  • Internationalisation of higher education
  • Transnational education
  • International students
  • Higher education policy nationally and internationally
  • Higher education in the Asia-Pacific