Saskia Loer Hansen

Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Engagement)



Saskia was appointed Deputy Vice-Chancellor in September 2019, with responsibility for business and civic engagement, international and marketing, development and alumni relations and for the University’s student support functions. Prior to this appointment, Saskia held the role of Pro-Vice-Chancellor International at Aston University.

This role covered responsibility for the University’s internationalisation agenda, delivering successful international student recruitment, inbound and outbound student mobility, opportunities for international research funding, and engagement with partners, sponsorship agencies and government officials across the world. She also served as Interim Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive on the departure of Professor Alec Cameron in December 2021 until Professor Aleks Subic took office on 31 August 2022.

Saskia joined Aston in September 2017, having worked at RMIT University in Australia since 2011 where she was the Executive Director, Global Development and Performance, responsible for transnational education partnerships, international relations, global market intelligence, and prospecting activities and initiatives outside of Australia.

Prior to 2011, Saskia held posts at the University of Strathclyde in Scotland as Head of Governance, Management and Academic Policy and at Aalborg University in Denmark responsible for industry engagement and research and innovation activity.

Additionally, Saskia was seconded on a part-time basis to the position of Secretary General to the European Consortium of Innovative Universities, working on e-learning initiatives, EU research funding, Erasmus Mundus masters programmes, leadership development and staff and student mobility.

Saskia has degrees in Social Anthropology and Ethnography and European Studies from Aarhus University, Denmark, and an MBA from Strathclyde in Scotland.