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Dr Rachel Coupe, currently Head of Academic Planning, will undertake the role as a 12-month secondment from 1 August.

The Academic Secretary is Head of the Academic Division, with responsibility to ensure the integration of academic administration across the University. The role includes providing support for academic strategy and planning and, in this capacity, the Academic Secretary will be the principal administrative officer supporting the work of the new Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Strategy and Planning, Professor David Cardwell, who takes up his post on 1 August. These changes have been made to strengthen academic representation within the University’s strategy and planning processes.

Dr Coupe comes to the role after many years supporting strategy and planning in the Academic and Financial Planning and Analysis office (AFPA, formerly the Planning and Resource Allocation Office (PRAO)), where she is currently Head of Academic Planning. She gained her PhD in Musicology from New York University in 2006, with a dissertation on Burgundian music of the 15th century, and worked in banking and in Corpus Christi College before joining the PRAO in 2007.

The Registrary, Emma Rampton, said: “Rachel brings to the role an exceptional knowledge of administration across the collegiate University and extensive experience in supporting the University’s mission through academic planning and analysis.  I very much look forward to working with her.”


11 July 2018


Dr Rachel Coupe