Penny Renwick

Interim Dean, Faculty of Medical Science

Location: Chelmsford

Areas of Expertise: Allied & public health

Penny joined the Faculty of Medical Sciences in January 2018 as interim Dean of Faculty of Medical Science, having previously been PVC for Students at Manchester Metropolitan University and worked in senior management roles in health faculties.


Initially training as a podiatrist, Penny started her career working for the National Health Service before coming into teaching where she developed particular skills in managing the education/service interface that is vital in the development of competent health and social care professionals. Penny served for a number of years on the Health and Care Professions Council. She has over 30 years’ experience in health professional education and university management, including 18 years in leadership roles and 7 years as the Head of Department of Clinical and Health Sciences at the University of Huddersfield and 5 years as the Associate Dean of the Faculty of Health, Psychology and Social Care Manchester Metropolitan University prior to becoming Pro Vice-chancellor for Students, a role she held for 6 years.

As PVC for Students, Penny’s role was to ensure the university placed the student experience at its heart; ensuring students are able to reach their potential in a supportive environment. She delivered a number of institutional change management projects including the introduction of personalised timetabling, the first institutional employability strategy and developed the infrastructure to support student engagement monitoring. Penny has a long track record in quality assurance and has developed many curricula and chaired approval panels. She chaired the University Academic Quality and Standards Committee and is a Reviewer for the QAA. She has maintained her relationship with her professional body and was awarded the Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrists Meritorious Award for services to the profession and is a Fellow of the Faculty of Podiatric Medicine and General Practice.