New PVC Executive Dean of BLSS appointed

Professor Eileen McAuliffe will be joining BCU on 1 May as Pro Vice-Chancellor and Executive Dean for the Faculty of Business, Law and Social Sciences. She is the successor to Professor Keith Horton, who leaves the University at the end of March.

Professor McAuliffe is currently working at Sheffield Hallam University where, having joined in February 2017 as Deputy Dean, she was subsequently appointed as founding Dean of the College of Business, Technology and Engineering in September 2019.  

Highlights of her tenure as founding Dean include the growth of the college to some 12,000 students and an annual income of £100m, development of four impactful research centres, increased number of staff submitted to REF 2021 and embedding a distinctive applied curriculum driving strong graduate outcomes.

Prior to Sheffield Hallam, Professor McAuliffe held a range of leadership roles at Coventry University in the Coventry Business School and the Faculty of Business and Law.

A qualified accountant, Professor McAuliffe obtained her PhD in International Taxation in 2017. In November 2018, she was recognised as a BBC Expert Woman for her contributions to the narrative around tax morale and corruption.

She frequently speaks at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and often collaborates with colleagues from the OECD’s Centre for Tax Policy and Administration. 

Professor McAuliffe is a member of the United Nations Platform for the Collaboration on Tax. She was awarded Professor of International Taxation in 2020 and is currently engaged with Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME) and Association to Advance Collegiate School of Businesses (AACSB) on a World Economic Forum project to develop Business Education Driving Societal Impact. She was elected to AACSB’s Board of Directors in 2021 for her contributions to management education across Europe, the Middle East, and Africa.

Professor McAuliffe brings a breadth of experience in both industry and higher education – having a strong grasp of the issues affecting the currently complex higher education market coupled with an extensive international career in the oil industry.

Pictured: Professor Eileen McAuliffe