As Pro Vice Chancellor (Academic), Rob plays a leading role in building on the University's academic success to date and realising its significant potential. His portfolio includes academic portfolio development, student experience and success, academic infrastructure, academic standards and quality, oversight of the Teaching Excellence Framework, teaching and learning, inernational development, educational partnerships and oversight of a number of academic departments.

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

As a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and a Quality Reviewer for the 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.

Professor Trimble also has extensive international strategic experience, which encompasses international recruitment and the development of successful Trans National Education (TNE) partnerships across South-East Asia, Africa and the West Indies. He has a wealth of experience in partnership developments nearer to home, and has led workforce development initiatives with manufacturing organisations and Further Education Colleges.

Professor Trimble is a Chartered Engineer with a wide knowledge and experience of the engineering and manufacturing sectors. Prior to joining HE, he spent a decade working for Rolls Royce Plc. He co-authored the manufacturing sector analysis for the North-East Local Enterprise Partnership Economic Review, and recently worked on a successful bid to the European Regional Development Fund relating to sustainable advanced manufacturing.