Madeleine Atkins

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Professor Madeleine Julia Atkins, CBE, DL, FAcSS is a former vice-chancellor of Coventry University, and current (from 2014) Chief Executive of the Higher Education Funding Council for England.


Atkins was born 1952 and took a degree in Law and History at Cambridge.[1][2] After a PhD at University of Nottingham she was a school teacher before joining Newcastle University, where she rose to be pro-vice-chancellor.[2] She was vice-chancellor of Coventry University from 2004 to 2013, becoming Chief Executive of HEFCE on 1 January 2014.[2] 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.[3] 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 [4]


Atkins was appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2012 New Year Honours for services to Higher Education.[5] She is a Deputy Lieutenant (DL) of the West Midlands. [6]

In 2016, Atkins was elected a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences (FAcSS).[7]


  1. ^ The Guardian 16 December 2003 Madeleine Atkins: a head for the heartlands
  2. ^ a b c Professor Madeleine Atkins CBE
  3. ^ "Senior officials 'high earners' salaries as at 30 September 2015 - GOV.UK". 2015-12-17. Retrieved 2016-03-09. 
  4. ^ "Hefce chief executive £550,000 golden goodbye". 2018-07-20. Retrieved 2018-07-20. 
  5. ^ "No. 60009". The London Gazette (1st supplement). 31 December 2011. pp. 1–28. 
  6. ^ The West Midlands Lieutenancy Vice Lord-Lieutenant & Deputy Lieutenants
  7. ^ "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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