As Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic), Rob has executive responsibility for academic matters across the University that includes academic portfolio development, student experience and success, academic infrastructure, academic standards and quality, teaching and learning, international developments, external educational partnerships and the oversight of a number of academic Institutes and professional services.

Previously Pro Vice Chancellor (Education and Student Experience) at the University of Sunderland, Rob has a wealth of experience, having held lead responsibilities for student success across all campuses including London and Hong Kong. Prior to this, he held positions as Dean of the Faculty of Business and Law and Associate Dean, Faculty of Applied Sciences, at the University of Sunderland.

Professor Trimble is a Chartered Engineer with a wide knowledge and experience of the engineering and manufacturing sectors. Prior to joining the higher education sector, he spent a decade working for Rolls Royce Plc. He co-authored the manufacturing sector analysis report for the North-East Local Enterprise Partnership Economic Review.

As a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and a Quality Reviewer for the UK’s Quality Assurance Agency (QAA), Rob's sustained achievements and strategic impact in relation to teaching and learning and quality assurance and standards have been recognised nationally.