Professor Phil Vickerman

Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Student Experience)

Professor of Inclusive Education and Learning, Pro-Vice Chancellor (Student Experience) at Liverpool John Moores University and member of the University Executive Leadership Team, Phil provides strategic leadership in the development and oversight of a variety of initiatives designed to deliver an outstanding student experience.

Phil firmly believes “the role of Pro-Vice Chancellor for Student Experience clearly defines LJMU as the student-focused university we all are proud of. This dedication towards our students is so strong, it is a core part of our DNA.

Alongside the importance of inclusivity, caring about our communities and being courageous in our actions, ensuring that our students are at the heart of everything we do is a powerful commitment to our mission”. 

Phil maintains that every contact with the University’s students counts and that everyone, both academic and professional staff, has a role to play in getting students to graduation and onwards into employment or further study. 

“In the role of Pro-Vice Chancellor for Student Experience my wish is for our students to have exceptional experiences that meet the diverse needs of our student body. We must have a seamless approach to our delivery of outstanding teaching, excellent guidance and support services, and a strong social engagement programme, hand in hand with our Student Union (JMSU).

Fulfilling an individual’s potential reaches far beyond the academic curriculum. Without doubt a key task for us is to ensure each one of our students receives a high quality, student-centred, and successful education from LJMU. Our students also play their part as we co-create positive outcomes for everyone”.

Teaching and research

Professor Vickerman is a National Teaching Fellow, awarded by the Higher Education Academy (now Advance HE) in 2005. He has led several national and international pedagogic research projects funded by external bodies. Phil has a particular interest in inclusive education and learning and is a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

As Professor of Inclusive Education and Learning Phil works nationally and internationally in the areas of Physical Education, Sport, Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND). His research interests focus on the training of Physical Education (PE) teachers for the inclusion of children with SEND. He also has an interest in research on gaining insights into children with SEND and their experiences of PE. Phil continues to publish and supervise Doctoral students.

Phil has advised agencies such as the Department for Education, and the Equality and Human Rights Commission on best practice training materials for teachers. He continues to be a member of several editorial and advisory boards; and is a trustee board member of educational, social enterprise, and regional development bodies.


Phil can be contacted via his ESO Mel Campbell, (Executive Support Officer, Pro-Vice Chancellor's Office) on 0151 904 6377 or email:

Phil's staff profile