Mr Keith Portman

Mr Keith Portman

Deputy Director of Academic Affairs

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I am the Deputy to the Director of Registry and Academic Affairs, providing business continuity and strategic leadership across the whole of the Division, and having particular responsibility for cross-divisional activity.

I have oversight and leadership of the Higher Education Futures institute (HEFi) working with the Academic Director, Professor Carol Evans, to deliver HEFi’s mission to support staff to deliver innovative and inclusive research-intensive teaching. Our aim is to optimise student learning and prepare students for their futures and, to facilitate shared learning with and from colleagues across the higher education sector.


MA with distinction in Leadership and Management (2014) Coventry University

ILM Level 5 in Coaching and Mentoring


I have been at the University of Birmingham since April 2016, where I was Head of Operations in the School of Education and the College of Social Science’s lead for People and Culture, Internationalisation and the University’s new campus in Dubai where I led on the development of programme administration processes. My successful projects over the last 3 years include designing and implementing a College wide professional services behaviour framework, single induction programme and new reward and recognition scheme.

Previously I was employed by OCR, one of the largest Examination Boards in the UK. My responsibilities included recruiting and deploying around 14,000 temporary staff to mark GCSE and A level papers, I was also responsible for year round examinations and assessment in vocational qualifications throughout the UK.

Much of my working life has been spent as a Police Officer serving in various roles across the Birmingham conurbation. I retired from Policing in 2015 at the rank of Inspector where I was responsible for providing policing in the constituency of Meriden in Solihull. I have been an accredited peer reviewer for a Home Office Peer Support Programme where I led quality assurance assessments of statutory community safety partnerships and I also spent time seconded to Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council where I led the Community Safety Partnership.

I have spent the last 20 years in leadership positions and have a particular interest in people management.

I am an accredited coach with the University’s Coaching Academy.