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Mr Keith Zimmerman Chief Operating Officer

Keith Zimmerman helps to oversee the University’s strategic plan and is responsible for key corporate functions.


Keith Zimmerman was appointed to the new role of Chief Operating Officer (COO) on 6 April 2020.

His role includes developing and implementing the University’s strategic plan and having responsibility for key corporate functions, including:

  • Campus Infrastructure
  • Campus Services
  • Digital
  • Education & Student Services
  • Human Resources
  • Marketing
  • Strategic Projects Office
  • Sports

The COO is part of the University’s Executive Board.


Keith Zimmerman has had a successful career in senior roles for Higher Education establishments spanning the last 25 years.

He joins the University from academic and scientific recruiters Perrett Laver, where he was Managing Partner and Head of Research Leadership. He has previously served as Group Chief Operating Officer at the Open University, Director of Student Administration and Services at the University of Oxford, and Academic Registrar at the University of Exeter.


Keith Zimmerman was educated at Kenyon College, Ohio. He completed his BA in 1989.