Professor Phil Vickerman in a meeting

Professor Phil Vickerman

Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Student Experience)

Phil is Professor of Inclusive Education and Learning and Pro-Vice Chancellor (Student Experience) at Liverpool John Moores University

As a member of the University Executive Leadership Team, Phil provides strategic leadership in the development and oversight of a variety of initiatives designed to deliver efficiency, effectiveness and financial sustainability – all of which contribute to driving the enhancement and improvement agenda for the University.

Professor Vickerman’s role involves a rotating brief that is dependent on the strategic priorities for the University at any point in time. Phil’s portfolio of responsibilities have included:

  • Leadership of Liverpool Business School, supporting its transition to a Faculty.
  • Development of the University’s People and Organisational Development Strategy to attract, develop and retain the best staff from across the world.
  • Executive Dean of the Faculty of Education, Health and Community.
  • Executive Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Professional Studies
  • Development of a refreshed and refocused University Estate and Facilities Management Service that delivers high quality buildings, matched by outstanding service delivery.

As Pro-Vice Chancellor, Professor Vickerman deputises internally and externally for the Vice Chancellor as required. Presently, Phil is leading a number of institutional initiatives that include:

  • Academic leadership of the University Estate Masterplan, including development of a 10 year strategy from 2020 – 2030.
  • Leadership for establishing and delivering a strategy that maintains and enhances the University’s engagement and reputation across the Liverpool City Region.
  • Development of a philanthropic giving campaign designed to support student opportunities, scholarships, and the capital development programme.

Teaching and research

Professor Vickerman is a National Teaching Fellow, awarded by the Higher Education Academy (now Advance HE) in 2005. He has led a number of national and international pedagogic research projects funded by external bodies. Phil has a particular interest in inclusive education and learning and is a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

As Professor of Inclusive Education and Learning Phil works nationally and internationally in the areas of Physical Education, Sport, Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND). His research interests focus around the training of Physical Education (PE) teachers for the inclusion of children with SEND. He also has an interest in research on gaining insights into children with SEND and their experiences of PE. Phil continues to publish and supervise Doctoral students.

Phil has advised agencies such as the Department for Education, and the Equality and Human Rights Commission on best practice training materials for teachers. He continues to be a member of several editorial and advisory boards; trustee of two educational social enterprises; Director of Liverpool Science Park Development Company, and a University Building Services and Maintenance Company.


Phil can be contacted via his ESO Mel Campbell, (Executive Support Officer, Pro-Vice Chancellor's Office) on 0151 934 6377 or email: