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Julie Odams

Head of Communications,

Staffordshire University

Julie Odams has been Head of Communications at Staffordshire University since January 2018. She leads a strategic communications team responsible for supporting the University’s drive to improve quality of life, and the regional economy, through education, higher skills and a fantastic student experience. This includes brand presence, external communications, public affairs, staff and student engagement, and corporate event delivery.

Prior to joining Staffordshire University, Julie was Head of Student Experience & Engagement at the University of Salford where she led their highest-ever rating Welcome Week and most participated in National Student Survey. Previously she worked at Staffordshire County Council for eight years as Campaigns and Internal Communications Manager leading on public and staff engagement with service transformation.

Julie regularly presents on strategic communications and is a contributor to Times Higher Education and a range of communications conferences and forums. She has won multiple communications awards and outside of work is a keen fan of 70s disco, sumo wrestling and reading the latest research on jellyfish and octopus.