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Steven West

Steven West

Professor West trained as a podiatrist and podiatric surgeon in London, working in the NHS and private/commercial sector from 1982. He entered academia in 1984 as a lecturer, then senior lecturer at The London Foot Hospital and Westminster University. He developed his research interests in the diabetic foot at King's College London and in 1990 was appointed Head of Podiatry at Huddersfield University, and later became Dean of the School of Health and Behavioural Sciences in 1992. In 1995 he joined the University of the West of England (UWE) as Dean of the Faculty of Health and Social Care and Professor of Health and Social Care. In this post he merged three colleges of health into a new faculty, establishing one of the largest faculties of health and social care in the UK.

In 2006 he became Deputy Vice-Chancellor and was appointed Vice-Chancellor in 2008. He is a Fellow of the Society of Chiropodists, the College of Podiatric Medicine, the Royal Society of Medicine, and Royal Society of Arts. He holds a number of honorary and advisory appointments in his discipline, and healthcare policy and practice nationally and internationally.

In 2013, he became President of Bristol Chamber of Commerce and Chair of the West of England Initiative, forging the link between a business-facing university and the business leadership organisation Business West. He is Chair of the West of England Academic Health Science Network (WEAHSN)  that aims to transform health and healthcare by putting innovation at the heart of the NHS. In 2017, Professor West was made a Non-Executive Director for the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) and the Office For Students the new Regulatory Body for Higher Education.

Professor West was awarded a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the New Year's Honours list 2017, for services to Higher Education.