New chair of University Alliance to be Professor Steve West

Issue date: 20 December 2011

UWE Bristol Vice-Chancellor - Professor Steve West

University Alliance has elected Professor Steve West, Vice-Chancellor of the University of the West of England, Bristol, as their new Chair. Professor West will take up the three-year position in August 2012, succeeding current chair Janet Beer, Vice-Chancellor of Oxford Brookes University, who has been chair since 2009.

Professor Janet Beer, Vice-Chancellor of Oxford Brookes University and chair of University Alliance said, β€œI am delighted that Professor West has been elected as the new chair of University Alliance. At a time of major change and economic downturn, it is vitally important for universities to work together in a constructive way, looking for solutions to the big policy questions. At University Alliance we strive to put innovation and enterprise at the core of everything we do. This has allowed us to become a trusted voice, working closely with government and business to advocate a world-leading, enterprising and innovative higher education sector.”

Professor Steve West said, β€œIt is a great honour to be taking up this position next summer, to be representing such an important group of universities at a time of huge change. It is important that in the face of change we continue to focus on the long-term, setting out our vision for a strong, diverse and internationally acclaimed higher education sector. Under Janet's leadership University Alliance has developed a constructive and positive approach to working with key players across Government and the sector. I look forward to continuing in these close-working relationships with government and business to champion our world-leading higher education sector.”

The announcement comes at the same time as Kingston University joins University Alliance. Kingston has become the 24th member of University Alliance, a group of universities with a distinct focus on forming close partnerships with business, the professions and their communities.


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