Affiliated to The Vice-Chancellor's Office
Dr Brooke Storer-Church
Director of Strategic Academic Engagement
Dr Brooke Storer-Church joined Birmingham City University in September 2022. She previously worked at the Office for Students and the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE). Her responsibilities as Director of Strategic Academic Engagement include co-delivering and managing the means through which the university’s academic strategies and its plans will be fully realised so that the academic infrastructure for the university supports its mission to be the university for Birmingham. Working with the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic), Dr Storer-Church is also responsible for managing stakeholders and engaging strategically with partners in the UK and overseas and contributing to the improvement of university policies and processes to ensure positive outcomes for all students.
From 2019 to 2022, Dr Storer-Church was the Head of Skills at the Office for Students (OfS). In that role, she held responsibility for developing and managing strategic activities across a wide range of policy areas including technical education, digital skills, healthcare education, graduate outcomes, knowledge exchange and regulation. Her work there included developing impact measures for student involvement in knowledge exchange activities, overseeing a variety of funding programmes including those to improve outcomes for local graduates and to increase degree apprenticeship providers in England, developing transformational change programmes to increase the number of AI specialists in the labour market, and working with the Department for Health and Social Care on establishing the emergency register to enable final year nursing and medical students to enter NHS service in the first phase of the pandemic.
Dr Storer-Church holds a PhD in Sociology from the University of Bristol, an MA in International Relations from the University of Kent at Brussels, and a BA in Journalism from Pennsylvania State University, USA. Outside of work, she is an avid traveller, visiting more than 20 countries so far and spending at least a year working in 5 of them, and lives in Bristol with her husband, 2 kids and dog, Evie. She grew up in the US but has lived in the UK since 2008 and holds both British and American citizenship.