Professor Sir David Greenaway has been selected as the new Chair of the Russell Group of Universities.
Sir David has been Vice-Chancellor of The University of Nottingham since 2008. He will take over at the beginning of September from the current chair Professor Sir David Eastwood, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Birmingham.
The Russell Group represents 24 leading UK universities which are committed to maintaining the very best research, an outstanding teaching and learning experience and unrivalled links with business and the public sector.
Professor Sir David Greenaway said: “I am honoured to have been chosen as Chair of the Russell Group. Russell Group universities are world-class institutions - educating more than half a million students and carrying out ground-breaking research. It is vital the UK recognises the importance and value of leading universities and creates an environment that enables them to thrive. I look forward to helping Russell Group universities continue to succeed on the global stage.”
Dr Wendy Piatt, Director General of the Russell Group, said: “I am delighted Sir David has been nominated as Chair. His experience, not only as Vice-Chancellor of a world-class university but also as key advisor to Government on a range of high-level issues including the training of doctors in the UK, and remuneration of the armed services, make him an ideal choice for Chair.
“Having also served as a consultant to the World Bank, the European Commission and the United Nations, Sir David brings significant insight and vital experience to the role.
“I look forward to working with him as we embark on a challenging time for universities.
“I have greatly enjoyed working with Professor Sir David Eastwood, and I would like to thank him – as I know would all the other Vice-Chancellors - for the important contribution he has made as Chair.
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Notes to editors: The University of Nottingham has 43,000 students and is ‘the nearest Britain has to a truly global university, with campuses in China and Malaysia modelled on a headquarters that is among the most attractive in Britain’ (Times Good University Guide 2014). It is also one of the most popular universities in the UK among graduate employers, in the top 10 for student experience according to the Times Higher Education and winner of ‘Research Project of the Year’ at the THE Awards 2014. It is ranked in the world’s top one per cent of universities by the QS World University Rankings, and 8th in the UK by research power according to REF 2014.
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