Contact Professor Lynette Ryals


Lynette's professional background is in financial services and management consultancy. She is a Fellow of the Society of Investment Professionals, Fellow of the Chartered institute of Logistics and a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. She has an MA (Oxon), an MBA, and a PhD from Cranfield which researched how understanding customer profitability changed customer management practices in two international financial institutions. She has been a Pro-Vice-Chancellor at Cranfield since 2011. Before taking on her current role of CEO of MK:U at Cranfield she was Pro-Vice-Chancellor Education (2014-2019) and Dean of Cranfield School of Management (2017-19). She was also Chair of The Case Centre (2011-2017). She is a Non-Executive Director of East West Rail.

Research opportunities

I am currently researching innovations in education, especially applied and problem-based learning as well as the role that different technologies and education approaches have, on learning. (Funded by an Office for Students Catalyst award).

Current activities

Lynette's role as Chief Executive of MK:U is to lead the development of a proposed STEM-focused university in Milton Keynes, including;

Leading the team carrying out a feasibility review for MK:U;

Liaising with key stakeholders in local and national government;

Developing relationships with business and educational partners;

Leading the development of MK:U's educational proposition;

Creating investor propositions, financial modelling and fundraising


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