Professor Claire Ozanne was appointed to the role of Deputy Director and Provost at SOAS in September 2020. She works with the Director to provide academic and strategic leadership across the academic departments and at an operational level is leading the delivery of an excellent education and student experience.
Prior to joining SOAS, Professor Ozanne served as Vice Provost at the University of Roehampton where she led a number of significant developments including – transnational partnerships; the online portfolio; enhanced research leadership and the creation of a nursing school. She has a strong personal reputation for designing and delivering high-quality academic programmes and for a deep commitment to the student experience.
Claire is Professor of Ecology and a Principal Fellow of the HEA. She has also been a QAA reviewer. In 2017 Professor Ozanne was seconded to the post of Principal of Heythrop College, University of London where she led the institution, managing the staff and student experience and worked with a wide range of external stakeholders.
Claire gained her DPhil from Oxford and is an ecologist whose work focuses on habitats influenced by human activities, particularly temperate and tropical forests. She is a founding member of the steering group of the Global Canopy Programme and has led multidisciplinary international projects in Australia, Nigeria, Ethiopia and Guyana.