Faculty of Science, Agriculture & Engineering

Staff Profile

Paula Pears




I have been in the role of School Manager for the School of Chemistry since March 2015.

From 1st March 2017 I am embarking on an 18 month secondment to the role of Deputy Director of Faculty Operations (SAgE).


I joined Newcastle University in January 1991 and have held various administrative roles in the following units - Human Resources (SDU); Physiological Sciences; Student Progress and Civil Engineering & Geosciences and spent 10 years in the Northern Deanery (now Health Education England) which led to me TUPE transferring into the NHS in August 2008.  I left the NHS in 2014 and took up a 1 year position at The Blyth Academy joining their Senior Leadership Team and did a lot of work around change management and staff performance.  I returned to the University in March 2015.


As a member of the School Executive Team I work to support senior management in developing the School's strategy, setting and monitoring targets, and ensuring the future sustainability, growth and direction of the School.

I lead the professional and technical support teams on a day to day basis to ensure the smooth operational running of the School.

I am a member of the School's:

  • Executive Board
  • Equality and Diversity Committee
  • Safety and Estates Committee
  • Learning, Teaching & Student Experience Committee
  • Research Committee
  • ROAMI (Recruitment/Outreach/Admissions/Marketing/Internationalisation) Group
  • Undergraduate Student Staff Committee


BA Business Studies (Northumbria)

Postgraduate Certificate in Management Studies (Northumbria)

MSc Business Information Technology (Northumbria)

NLP Practitioner (Neuro Linguistic Programming)

CIM Certificate (Chartered Institute of Marketing)