Mr Lee Sanders BA

Mr Lee Sanders

Registrar and Secretary

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The Registrar and Secretary, Mr Lee Sanders, is the University’s Chief Operating Officer responsible for Professional Services. He is a member of the University Executive Board and is involved in University strategy and policy and providing advice to the Vice-Chancellor and other senior colleagues. As Secretary to the Senate and Council, he is responsible for University governance.

Lee is involved in national and international work in Higher Education. He is currently Chair of the UK Association of Heads of University Administration and a member of the UK-Sweden Registrar’s Group.

The Registrar and Secretary’s Office supports these activities. The Assistant Secretary works with the Registrar to support university governance, and the Assistant Registrar (Executive Support) works closely with the Vice-Chancellor and Registrar on strategic projects.

The Registrar and Secretary’s Office is co-located with the Vice-Chancellor’s Office and works closely with the Vice-Chancellor, Provost and Vice-Principal and the Pro-Vice Chancellors.


Lee joined Birmingham as Registrar and Secretary in October 2008 and has over 20 years' experience of management in Higher Education.  After obtaining a BA degree followed by postgraduate research in Medieval History at the University of Manchester, he held a range of management posts at the University of Warwick from 1990–2003.  These included Director of Research and Development Services (1997–99) and Academic Registrar (1999-2003).  He then moved to the University of Durham as Registrar and Secretary, where he was from 2003-2008.

Lee is Chair and member of the Executive Committee of the UK Association of Heads of University Administration.  He has served as director of a number of university companies.  He is a regular contributor to national and international conferences, reviews and development programmes, and serves as external adviser on appointments at other universities.