Professor Mary Stiasny OBE
Pro Vice-Chancellor, International, Learning and Teaching
The Pro Vice-Chancellor provides strategic direction and leadership for the delivery of teaching and learning across the University of London’s undergraduate and postgraduate programmes including the University’s 100+ online, blended and flexible programmes around the world, and the University’s international presence.
Throughout her career, Professor Mary Stiasny OBE has worked to deliver and promote quality accessible education across the world. As Pro Vice-Chancellor (International), she has responsibility for around 45,000 students studying in 190 countries worldwide, as well as the 1.4 million learners enrolled on the University of London’s MOOCs (Massive Open Online Coursers).
Prior to becoming Pro Vice-Chancellor (International), Professor Stiasny provided strategic direction and leadership at the Institute of Education, in her capacity as Pro-Director with responsibility for Learning, Teaching and International.
Professor Stiasny began her career as a secondary school teacher, and then moved to higher education at Goldsmiths College, where she was involved in initial teacher education, becoming Director of PGCE and Deputy Head of the Department of Educational Studies. This was followed by a move to Oxford Brookes University, where she was appointed Deputy Head of the School of Education. After her time at Oxford Brookes, she returned to London, to become Head of the School of Education and Training at the University of Greenwich. Professor Stiasny then spent four years at the British Council as Director of Education and Training before joining the Institute of Education. From there, she made the move to the University of London to take up her present role.
Professor Stiasny’s practical and strategic experience in education spans across a wide range of roles, including providing consultancy for a number of education projects, as an external examiner, as a Commonwealth Scholarships Commissioner, and as a member of the Boards of a range of educational bodies and Advisory Groups.