External Relations

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Leonie Mathers

Deputy Director for Advocacy (Public Affairs), Faculty of Registrars



Léonie is Deputy Director for Advocacy at the University of Nottingham, leading on external stakeholder engagement, civic activity, political affairs and corporate events in support of the University's strategic aims. Through the pioneering 'Universities for Nottingham' project, Léonie and the team are helping to bring together colleagues across both of the City's world-class universities and key anchor institutions to improve the way we work with each other for the benefit of our area. Through the pandemic, Léonie worked on the University's mutual aid response, supporting those on the frontline of the crisis, and the most vulnerable across our area. Prior to joining the university in 2006, Léonie spent several years working in the UK Parliament and the United States Congress, supporting both Government and Opposition politicians to build relationships with key stakeholders and develop policy.

Expertise Summary

The Political & Civic Affairs team focuses on using public affairs, civic engagement, corporate events and communications activity to generate positive advocacy by key influencers for the university's strategic priorities.

We develop and nurture relationships with local, regional and national stakeholders to advance our civic agenda and support for socio-economic and cultural development in the city and county of Nottinghamshire, notably via the Universities for Nottingham initiative.

We support the Vice-Chancellor, UEB members and senior leaders' public affairs activity on issues specific to the university, and contribute to the work of sector bodies, eg UUK and the Russell Group, on advancing priorities for the sector as a whole.