Staff Profile

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Professor Nick Braisby


I joined Buckinghamshire New University as Deputy Vice-Chancellor in 2017 having previously held the role of Pro Vice-Chancellor (Education) at The University of West London. I then became Acting Vice-Chancellor at BNU in December 2018 and was confirmed as Vice-Chancellor in February 2019.

My academic career began with my undergraduate degree in Natural Sciences (Psychology) from Queens’ College, University of Cambridge. This continued in my doctoral work in cognitive science at the University of Edinburgh where I developed my sustained research programme on the nature of concepts and word meaning. Following a British Academy postdoctoral fellowship which I held at the London School of Economics, I then held academic roles at London Guildhall University, The Open University, University of Winchester, and London South Bank University.

I am a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society, and Chair the Buckinghamshire Health and Social Care Academy, and the Buckinghamshire University Technical College, and sit on the Board of the University College of Estate Management and the Audit and Resource committees of Universities UK. I represent the University on GuildHE and Universities UK.

Among my career highlights, I am proud of my early research career on concepts and word meaning, my work on distance learning of psychology, and my roles in successfully managing academic departments and schools. Of all, however, I am most proud of being Vice-Chancellor of Buckinghamshire New University and my role in ensuring the institution’s future and sustained success.

Job Title
  • Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive Officer