22 July 2016
The University of Sheffield
It is with great excitement that I can announce this morning that, as from 1st November 2016, I will be moving to take up the position of Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research and Enterprise) at the University of Sheffield. The University has formally put out a press release with this news this morning. A Pro-Vice-Chancellor is the equivalent of a Vice-President in the US system. I will help to provide strategic leadership in research across the university, and will lead on all innovation (knowledge transfer, enterprise, consultancy, business generation, etc) as well. It is a very exciting step for me.
Sheffield is a very strong, research-led Russell Group (the UK equivalent of the Ivy League) university. It’s in the World top 100 institutions, with over 27,000 students and a research income of over £140 million. It has a fabulous reputation for the quality of the student experience – it came third out of 117 institutions in the 2016 Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey for example.
Of course, this means that with great sadness I will leave the University of East Anglia on 31st October. I will do so with real sorrow – I’ve loved my time at UEA. It’s a great university, one that also focuses on the student experience (UEA came 7th in the same survey), and I have had the honour and privilege to work with some amazing people. UEA is a university that has extraordinary strength, amazing staff and an astonishing can-do attitude. Its location in the East of England means that it will play a fundamental role in the development of a gorgeous part of the UK. Until I moved to Norwich I had not appreciated what an amazing city it is. Being here has been absolutely instrumental to my career, and I have loved every minute of it. The university has a tremendous future ahead of it, and I shall watch with great interest as the university develops.
But I see amazing opportunities in Sheffield, and I cannot wait to play a part in the development of that wonderful university. It is an institution that is firmly rooted in its city and region, which will play a massive role in helping Britain to find a new path in the wake of the Brexit result. I feel deeply honoured to have been asked to join the University of Sheffield, and am hugely looking forward to working with colleagues and students across the institution.