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 standards and quality, teaching and learning developments, international strategy, external educational partnerships and the oversight of a number of Academic Institutes and Professional Services.  He is also the VCE lead for London, Barrow and the BAE partnership developments. 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 and outcomes across all campuses. 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 is also a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and a Quality Reviewer for the UK’s Quality Assurance Agency (QAA).