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Dr Julie Leeming

Director of Planning
Dr Leeming provides advice on policy initiatives, rankings and performance.

Julie joined St George’s planning team in September 2012 and was appointed to the role of Director of Planning in September 2016. She provides advice to the university leadership on policy initiatives, rankings and performance. Her responsibilities include:

  • horizon scanning for changes to higher education (HE), assessing impact on St George’s, University of London via evidence-based briefing papers and analysing the likely impact of policies and other external drivers
  • data assurance and risk of statutory returns
  • analysis and modelling of data submit to external bodies – for example, the teaching excellence framework (TEF) and B3 metrics
  • coordination of the planning rounds
  • scenario planning
  • analysis of grant letters, including assessing impact of changing funding models
  • monitoring of key performance indicators (KPIs) for strategic and operational planning
  • co-Chair of BCP Silver team.

Julie currently sits on the following external groups:

  • co-Chair of the London Higher Planners’ Group, and member of their Policy group and cross-network Chairs group
  • Executive team member of the Higher Education Strategic Planners’ Group
  • member of the Higher Education Data Insight Group (HEDIG)
  • member of the Complete University Guide Advisory Group.

Prior to St George’s, Julie was Deputy Head of Planning at Queen Mary, University of London, where she provided executive support to the senior vice-principal for strategic projects, as well as providing advice to the senior executive, to underpin and support strategic planning and decision-making. She also managed the team responsible for statutory reporting and management information.

Julie has also worked in planning at the University of Greenwich and at a London public health authority. She holds a PhD in Mathematics which she undertook at Queen Mary and volunteers as a treasurer for a charity.

Julie was awarded a BEM in the 2023 New Year Honours list.

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