Madeleine Atkins

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Madeleine Julia Atkins, CBE, DL, FAcSS is a former vice-chancellor of Coventry University, and, from 2014 to 2018, the Chief Executive of the Higher Education Funding Council for England. In 2018 she was appointed as the 9th President of Lucy Cavendish College, Cambridge.[1]


Atkins was born 1952 and studied for a degree in Law and History at Girton College, Cambridge.[1][2][3] After a PhD at University of Nottingham she was a school teacher before joining Newcastle University, where she rose to be pro-vice-chancellor.[3] She was vice-chancellor of Coventry University from 2004 to 2013, becoming Chief Executive of HEFCE on 1 January 2014.[3] In 2015, Atkins was paid a salary of between £230,000 and £234,999 by HEFCE, making her one of the 328 most highly paid people in the British public sector at that time.[4] In June 2018, it was revealed by the University and College Union that she received a pay package worth £554,648 in 2017, which represents a 96% increase on the £282,354 paid to her in 2016-17 [5]


Atkins was appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2012 New Year Honours for services to Higher Education.[6] She is a Deputy Lieutenant (DL) of the West Midlands. [7]

In 2016, Atkins was elected a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences (FAcSS).[8]


  1. ^ a b "Professor Madeleine Atkins CBE, FAcSS appointed as 9th President of Lucy Cavendish College", Lucy Cavendish College. 2 July 2018. Retrieved 25 October 2018.
  2. ^ The Guardian 16 December 2003 Madeleine Atkins: a head for the heartlands
  3. ^ a b c Professor Madeleine Atkins CBE
  4. ^ "Senior officials 'high earners' salaries as at 30 September 2015 - GOV.UK". 2015-12-17. Retrieved 2016-03-09.
  5. ^ "Hefce chief executive £550,000 golden goodbye". 2018-07-20. Retrieved 2018-07-20.
  6. ^ "No. 60009". The London Gazette (1st supplement). 31 December 2011. pp. 1–28.
  7. ^ The West Midlands Lieutenancy Vice Lord-Lieutenant & Deputy Lieutenants
  8. ^ "Eighty-four leading social scientists conferred as Fellows of the Academy of Social Sciences". Academy of Social Sciences. 19 October 2016. Retrieved 5 August 2017.
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