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Tania Rhodes-Taylor

Tania is a senior higher education leader with an established reputation for the delivery of strategic and innovative solutions. Her career has spanned all sectors and four continents, with the last fifteen years enjoyed in universities. Her most recent role was in Australia, where she spent five years as the Vice Principal of External Relations at the University of Sydney. Her portfolio covered industry and community engagement, marketing and communications, media and public relations, all student recruitment, admissions and mobility, museums and culture, government relations and events. Tania was the first post-holder in this position at Sydney and, building on her experience in higher education, government and industry, grew the portfolio from the ground up. All areas of her portfolio received external recognition as the most successful in Australia during her tenure. She is a trained consultant, facilitator and coach.

As a first in family and mature graduate, Tania is passionate about the transformative power of education and the role universities play more broadly in building better societies through research and teaching. She has recently established Otus Advisory, a higher education and coaching practice, in order to build on a long-held ambition to share her experience and expertise more widely across the sector.

Tania holds an MBA in Higher Education Management from the IOE at UCL, a PGDip in Marketing and Communications and an undergraduate degree in Art History, another passion of hers. She also recently qualified as a yoga teacher. She sits on various Boards, including the UK Advisory Board for Auticon and the THE Student Advisory Board.