Mrs Debbie Dyker

Mrs Debbie Dyker
Mrs Debbie Dyker
Mrs Debbie Dyker

Director of People


I joined the Human Resources Section in 1992 as a recruitment assistant and have undertaken most roles within the HR team.  I was appointed to the role of Director of People in 2017.  Prior to this I was appointed to the role of Director of Human Resources, in 2012, with responsibility for managing the delivery of the Strategic and Operational HR Service across all areas of the University.

The Directorate of People has 6 sections including Human Resources; Health Safety & Resilience; Experience & Wellbeing; Student Support; Careers and; International Advice & Compliance.

The Directorate of People plays a key role in supporting the University to deliver upon strategic priorities and institutional initiatives in line with the Strategic Plan.

The Directorate provides comprehensive, co-ordinated front facing support services to all staff and students in the University community.  The teams within the Directorate work in partnership with key stakeholders, both internal and external to the University, including Trade Union colleagues and local, national and international organisations.

A number of institutional organisational development activities are undertaken within the Section. The team liaise closely with colleagues across the Academic areas and Professional Services to ensure a co-ordinated approach to matters including student engagement, employee engagement, student employability, mental health, wellbeing strategy, sport, equality & diversity and health & safety.  

The University acknowledges that institutional success depends on the talent, expertise and commitment of staff and in recognition of the importance of ongoing personal and professional development, the team has developed a suite of Leadership & Management programmes, many of which have received external accreditation through the Institute of Leadership & Management.


  • Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development (CIPD) Human Resources 
    2001 - Northern College