Professor Saul Becker became the first permanent Deputy Vice-Chancellor at Sussex in September 2017. Professor Becker was previously Pro-Vice-Chancellor at the University of Birmingham, head of the College of Social Sciences, and a member of the University Executive Board. Professor Becker previously held chairs at the universities of Loughborough, Birmingham and Nottingham before returning to Birmingham in 2014. At Nottingham (2006-14) he was Assistant Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Internationalisation, Faculty Director of Research for the Social Sciences and Head of the School of Sociology and Social Policy. Professor Becker is an active researcher and passionate advocate for public engagement. He is regarded as the world leader for research on young carers – children who provide (unpaid) care to ill, disabled and other family members. Professor Becker is an Academician of the UK’s Academy of Social Sciences and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. He is a former chair of the UK Social Policy Association. He is the Founding Series Editor for the Policy Press Understanding Welfare book series. Professor Becker is also a qualified and registered social worker.

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