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Professor Veronica Hope Hailey FAcSS Vice-President (Strategic External Engagement)

The Vice-President is responsible for leading University engagement with external partners, focusing on corporate relationships.


As University Vice-President for Strategic External Engagement Professor Hope Hailey is responsible for ensuring excellence in the stewardship of the University’s “key strategic partners”, in particular its relationships with industrial and business partners. As an institution that was founded on the principle of bringing Science into Society, the University of Bath is committed to promoting cross sector collaboration between business, academia and government at a regional, national and international level. The University of Bath excels at interdisciplinary collaborations whereby scientists, engineers and social scientists partner with business to address some of society’s grand challenges, sometimes called “wicked problems” as they seldom call for single subject solutions. Examples would include climate change, the psychological and ethical issues connected with advances in technology and health and healthy living.

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  • Professor in Management Studies
  • Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences
  • Member of the University's Executive Board (7 years)
  • Previously serving as Dean of the School of Management for over 6 years before taking up her role as University Vice-President


View a list of books and publications by Veronica Hope Hailey FAcSS


Entering academia after employment in commerce, Veronica has had a 30 year career based on forging long term industry funded research collaborations whilst working at the University of Cambridge, London Business School, Cranfield School of Management and Cass Business School, City University of London.

Veronica is particularly interested in corporate renewal and transformation. Most recently she has published and spoken extensively on renewing trust and trustworthiness within the private, public and third sector involving 25 organisations including Unilever, BAE, GKN, Ernst and Young, NHS etc. She has published 5 practitioner reports on these various areas between 2012 and 2017 (funded by the CIPD) and is currently running another collaborative project with business looking at organisational trust dynamics in 2020/21. Veronica has consulted and worked globally not only with the private sector but also with International NGOs and parts of the UN system, including the World Bank and the IMF.

Veronica sits on the Financial Conduct Authority panel for Purpose and Culture and on the Board for Help for Heroes where she chairs the Nominations Committee. She was previously on the Board of Action Aid for 6 years and was a Council member for the Chartered Association of Business Schools.


  • Ph.D. (1993), Manchester School of Management, University of Manchester
  • M.Sc. (1986), Aston Business School, University of Aston, Organisational Behaviour
  • B.A. (1978), University of York, History with Politics