Director of the Salford Institute for Dementia, University of Salford

Professor Maggie Pearson is Director of the Salford Institute for Dementia at the University of Salford. After taking a degree in Geography from Cambridge University, she went on to train as a nurse. Her PhD, at the University of Liverpool, was on Leprosy Control in West Nepal.

Maggie has held a series of director-level posts in higher education and the health sector. After an academic career in medical sociology & health services research at the University of Liverpool (1985-1996) where she was Director of a self-funding health services research centre, Maggie went on to become Regional Director of Research and Development for the NHS in the North West of England, & Regional Director of Cancer Services & Specialised Services Commissioning (1996-2001).

She was Director of Education & Training for the NHS in England (2001-04) before going on to be Deputy Vice Chancellor at Keele University (2004-07). From 2007 – 2013 Maggie led the curriculum development & higher education strategy for the UK Modernising Scientific Careers Programme.

She has been a non executive director of several NHS organisations & was a lay member of the Commission on Human Medicines. She was also the HE sector Director of the UK Sector Skills Development Agency (2006-08).

Following several years in health policy & workforce consultancy, Maggie was appointed Pro-Vice Chancellor (Public Benefit) & Dean of the College of Health & Social Care at the University of Salford in February 2013. She is Vice Chair & Director of the Salford Academy Trust & a Trustee of the Dowager Countess Eleanor Peel Trust.


  • –present
    Dean, College of Health and Social Care, University of Salford