Helen Smallbone

Helen Smallbone
Clerk to Governors

A graduate of the University of Nottingham, Helen commenced employment at Edge Hill in 2002.

Initially specialising in roles relating to student assessment and awards, Helen went on to become the University’s Academic Registrar. The Academic Registrar is a pivotal member of the Edge Hill University Senior Management Team with direct responsibility for the strategic leadership and management of services within the Registry.

In 2018 Helen was appointed to a newly created leadership role, which combines the strategic responsibilities of Academic Registrar with the full responsibilities of Clerk to Governors.

As Clerk Helen is responsible for the provision of independent, authoritative advice, guidance and administrative support to the Board of Governors; and for ensuring their compliance with the various statutory, regulatory body and other legal obligations.

An advocate of professional development and sharing best practice, Helen sits on the Academic Registrars’ Council Executive Board and Chairs the national Assessment Practitioners’ Group. Helen is also a member of the Association of University Administrators and Association of Heads of University Administration.

>Helen is highly engaged in influencing national debate and policy on matters related to academic administration. Helen regularly sits on national advisory boards, and is currently supporting the QAA to develop best practice in promoting academic integrity and is working with JISC to inform their pioneering work on the future of digital assessment in higher education.