Patricia M. Broadfoot, CBE (born 13 July 1949]) was Vice-Chancellor of the University of Gloucestershire from 2006 to 2010, and Pro Vice-Chancellor of the University of Bristol from 2002 to 2006.
This began with her studies at the University of Leeds, from where she graduated in 1971 with a Bachelor of Arts in sociology. She spent the following year obtaining a Postgraduate Certificate in Education at the University of London, before beginning her career in education by teaching in Wolmer's Boys High School in Jamaica from 1971–1973. Broadfoot then returned to the United Kingdom and began her research career with a four-year period as a researcher for the Scottish Council for Research in Education. At the same time, she pursued a Master of Education at the University of Edinburgh, graduating in 1977. Broadfoot's first academic post was as a lecturer (and later a senior lecturer) at Westhill College, Birmingham, where she worked from 1977 until 1981.
In 1981, Broadfoot moved to Bristol to take up a lectureship in education. At this point, she did not yet have a PhD, eventually obtaining one from the Open University in 1984. Ten years after joining the University, Broadfoot was appointed to the Professorship of Education in 1991, marking the beginning a series of promotions in university management In 1993, she became Head of the Graduate School of Education and Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences. These appointments ended in 1997 and 1998 respectively, before, in 2002, she became a Pro-Vice-Chancellor, with particular responsibilities in the teaching and learning aspects of the university. In the period before becoming a Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Broadfoot earned a (substantive) DSc from the University. During her time in Bristol, she also held visiting positions at Macquarie University, the University of Western Sydney and Queen's University, Belfast. She was also a member of the UK's Economic and Social Research Council and chaired its Research Resources Board.
Broadfoot was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts in 1992 and in 1999 she became one of the founding academicians of the UK Academy of Learned Societies for the Social Sciences. In the New Year honours list in 2006, she was appointed a Commander of the British Empire (CBE), "for services to social science".
Personal life 
Broadfoot is married and has three children.
- Broadfoot, P. (1979). Assessment, Schools and Society (Contemporary Sociology of the School). Methuen Publishing Ltd. ISBN 0-416-71580-X.
- Richards, C.; Broadfoot, P. (December 1983). Selection, Certification and Control: Social Issues in Educational Assessment. Taylor & Francis. ISBN 0-905273-77-X.
- Broadfoot, P. (Editor) (April 1986). Profiles and Records of Achievement: A Review of Issues and Practice. Open University Press. ISBN 0-03-910679-9.
- Broadfoot, P. (4 September 1987). Introducing Profiling. Nelson Thornes. ISBN 0-333-39788-6.
- Broadfoot, P.; Murphy, R. and Torrance, H. (January 1991). Changing Educational Assessment: International Perspectives and Trends. Routledge. ISBN 0-415-05293-9.
- Broadfoot, P. (31 December 1991). Records of Achievement: Report of the National Evaluation of Extension Work in Pilot Schemes. The Stationery Office Books. ISBN 0-11-270740-8.
- Broadfoot, P.; Nuttal, D., Dockrell, B. and Gipps, C. (February 1993). Policy Issues in National Assessment (Bera Dialogues 7). Multilingual Matters Limited. ISBN 1-85359-170-X.
- Broadfoot, P.; Osborn, M., Gilly, M. and Bucher, A. (December 1993). Perceptions of Teaching: Primary School Teachers in England and France. Cassell. ISBN 0-304-32773-5.
- Murphy, R.; Broadfoot, P. and Nuttal, D. L. (February 1995). Effective Assessment and the Improvement of Education: A Tribute to Desmond Nuttall. Falmer Press. ISBN 0-7507-0375-X.
- Broadfoot, P. (April 1996). Education, Assessment and Society: A Sociological Analysis (Assessing Assessment). Open University Press. ISBN 0-335-19602-0.
- Alexander, R.; Broadfoot, P. and Phillips, D. (1999). Learning from Comparing: New Directives in Comparative Research: Policy, Professionals and Development. Symposium Books. ISBN 1-873927-63-0.
- Pollard, A.; Triggs, P., Broadfoot, P., McNess, E. and Osborn, M. (December 2000). What Pupils Say: Changing Policy and Practice in Primary Education. Continuum International Publishing Group. ISBN 0-8264-5062-8.
- Osborn, M.; McNess, E., Broadfoot, P., Pollard, A. and Triggs, P. (December 2000). What Teachers Do: Changing Policy and Practice in Primary Education. Continuum International Publishing Group. ISBN 0-8264-5073-3.
- Osborn, M.; Broadfoot, P., McNess, E., Ravn, B., Planel, C. and Triggs, P. (1 October 2003). A World of Difference?. Open University Press. ISBN 978-0-335-21101-2.
- "Professor Patricia Broadfoot's CV". University of Bristol. Retrieved 2006-09-06.
- "New Year Honours List, 2006, pg. 11" (pdf). Prime Minister's Office. Retrieved 2006-09-06. (.rtf, pg. 11)
- "Continuing our Success" (pdf). LiNk Magazine (6): 4–5. Summer 2006. Archived from the original on 24 August 2007. Retrieved 2006-09-06.
- "Gloucestershire gets new VC". Guardian Unlimited. 7 December 2005.
- "Gloucestershire VC resigns amid conflicting views on financial health". Times Higher Education. 1 April 2010.
- "Farewell and thanks from Patricia Broadfoot". University of Bristol.
- "Professor Patricia Broadfoot's biography". University of Bristol. Retrieved 2006-09-06.
- "New Academicians". THES. 19 November 1999. Retrieved 2009-04-25.
- "New Year Honours". THES. 6 January 2006. Retrieved 2009-04-25.