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Pro-Vice-Chancellor (RES): Kevin Hetherington

Kevin HetheringtonRole 

Professor Kevin Hetherington is the Pro-Vice-Chancellor of Research, Enterprise and Scholarship (RES). He has senior responsibility for strategic leadership and implementation of the institutional plans for research, enterprise and scholarship. This includes the University’s submissions to the UK-wide Research Excellence Framework (REF) and our institutional approach to knowledge exchange and expansion of entrepreneurial activities. 

The aim of the RES Unit is to facilitate the University's excellence in research, enterprise, scholarship and external engagement as well as to provide expert strategic and support services across these activities. It works in support of Faculties, Schools and Institutes, as well as with a wide range of external partners, collaborators and funders.


Kevin was awarded his PhD in 1993. Prior to joining The Open University, he lectured at the universities of Keele, Brunel and Lancaster. Before taking up his current role in 2015 he was Dean of Social Sciences at the OU for three years. His research is focused on museums and the heritage sector including looking at their role in the development of cities.