University announces new Vice-Chancellor

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Chief Executive of the Economic and Social Research Council and President of Science Europe, Professor Paul Boyle, to succeed Professor Sir Bob Burgess in October

Following a meeting of University Council this afternoon (Wednesday 29 January, 4.15pm), members agreed to endorse the recommendation of the Joint Committee of Senate and Council to appoint Professor Paul Boyle FBA FRSE as the new Vice-Chancellor of the University of Leicester from 1 October 2014.

Professor Boyle will succeed Professor Sir Bob Burgess Kt., DL, AcSS who retires as Vice-Chancellor at the end of September after 15 years’ distinguished service.

Professor Boyle is Chief Executive of the Economic and Social Research Council and President of Science Europe.  He is also International Champion of Research Councils UK with responsibility for international strategy on behalf of all seven Research Councils, including four international offices (Brussels, Beijing, Delhi and Washington DC) and the RCUK International Team. Before joining the ESRC Professor Boyle was Head of the School of Geography and Geosciences at the University of St Andrews.

Professor Boyle is the ninth institutional head in our 90-year-plus history and our sixth Vice-Chancellor since the award of the Royal Charter in 1957.

Professor Boyle will serve as Vice-Chancellor Designate from September 1 and, upon Professor Burgess’s retirement at the end of that month, will take up the post of Vice-Chancellor from 1 October.

Professor Boyle has four children. He enjoys sport, including football, running and cycling, as well as travel, reading, walking and spending time at the coast.

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