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Appointment of Vice-Chancellor

Recruitment for the successor to Professor Chris Brink, Vice-Chancellor of Newcastle University, is under way following his announcement that he is to retire at the end of December 2016.

Since his appointment in 2007, Professor Brink has championed the vision of a world-class civic university, ensuring that the institution's research and teaching are focused on tackling some of the major challenges facing global society today.

Recruitment Process

Following a competitive process, the University has appointed Perrett Laver as the executive search consultants to support the search for and appointment of a new Vice-Chancellor. The firm were chosen because of their emphasis on stakeholder engagement and the importance they place on engaging with staff.

Within the University the process is being led by Mark I'Anson, Chair of Council. Mark will chair the selection panel that includes representatives of Senate and Council. An extensive consultation process to identify the key issues for the next Vice-Chancellor has already taken place with staff, students and external stakeholders.

Mark said: “Chris Brink has transformed Newcastle University during his eight years in office. The Vice-Chancellorship of Newcastle University represents an outstanding opportunity for an inspirational leader to take the helm of an internationally diverse and thriving Russell Group university as we move towards the next exciting phase of our development.”

Professor Colin Riordan, President and Vice-Chancellor of Cardiff University, is acting as external advisor. Professor Riordan was previously Vice-Chancellor at Essex University and before that Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Humanities and Social Sciences at Newcastle University.

Professor Chris Brink, Vice-Chancellor of Newcastle University

published on: 2 March 2016