University set to welcome two new Pro Vice-Chancellors

Posted by rmt22 at Aug 04, 2015 04:40 PM |
We are pleased to announce the appointment of two new Pro Vice-Chancellors, looking after our international, and research and enterprise areas

The appointments to the PVC International and the PVC Research and Enterprise roles are vitally important to the future of the University and will be leading the delivery of key aspects of our new Strategic Plan.

The new post of Pro Vice-Chancellor International will be taken up by Professor Sarah Dixon, who will work to increase our international profile and impact, consolidating our position as one of the leading global universities.

Sarah is Dean of International Business School Suzhou at Xi'an Jiaotong-Liverpool University, China, and will bring her considerable experience and expertise to bear on one of our University’s key priorities.

Beginning her career in the private sector with Royal Dutch Shell, Sarah held various commercial roles including expatriate positions in Russia and Austria before moving into higher education. She has been very successful in several very different roles: she was Head of MSc Programmes at the University of Bath and Dean of the School of Management at the University of Bradford before playing a leading part in the development of an international business school at the University of Liverpool’s joint venture university in China.

Professor Iain Gillespie has been appointed to the post of Pro Vice-Chancellor Research and Enterprise. As well as providing strategic oversight of these vital areas, Iain will focus on creating new collaborations and partnerships within and outside the University, ensuring that our research and enterprise activities reach new levels of success.

Currently Director of Science and Innovation at the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), Iain brings with him a wealth of experience of working within research institutes, the OECD, government and the private sector. In much of his work, he has focused on major international and collaborative projects, as well as high-level strategy and policy in both research and enterprise, which gives him a particular insight into the importance of local and regional as well as global impact.

Professor Paul Boyle, President and Vice-Chancellor, said “We are pleased to announce the appointment of two leading figures to these key roles. Leicester is proud of its strong achievements in research, learning and enterprise nationally and internationally and these appointments will help strengthen our reputation as a leading University even further”.

Learn more about our new strategic plan and the University’s future in this video of a speech given by Professor Boyle in June (log-in only).

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