Sir Howard Newby to head West's Largest University

Issue date: 08 September 2005

Issue date: 08/09/05

Sir Howard Newby has been appointed as the new Vice-Chancellor of the University of the West of England (Bristol UWE), the largest university in the South West of England. The appointment will take effect during 2006 following the retirement of the current Vice-Chancellor, Alfred Morris CBE.

Speaking about his appointment, Sir Howard says, ‘I am looking forward to taking up this exciting new challenge. Bristol UWE is well positioned to become a distinctive new kind of university for the twenty-first century, one which constantly strives for excellence in learning and teaching, knowledge transfer and the extension of educational opportunities to all who can benefit from it. The University is in good shape and is investing a massive £200m in new facilities including a new student village and sports hall. However, the landscape of higher education is changing rapidly and we must be increasingly adaptable and innovative to flourish in a very competitive environment. Our focus will be on the region we serve, but our horizons and our standards of excellence will be global. We share the ambitions of our region and we want to play a strong role in the region’s economic and cultural success”

Sir Howard has unparalleled experience of the University sector. Since October 2001, he has been the Chief Executive of the Higher Education Funding Council for England and at the forefront of progress in the University sector.

Previously, he was the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Southampton for seven years, and before that the Chairman, and latterly Chief Executive, of the Economic and Social Research Council. From 1999 to 2001, Sir Howard was President of Universities UK, the voice of UK universities, and he was President of the British Association in 2001/2002. Sir Howard was awarded a CBE in 1995 for his services to social sciences and a knighthood in 2000 for his services to higher education. He lives in South Gloucestershire.

Ray Burton, Chairman of the Governors at Bristol UWE says, “We want Bristol UWE to be an innovative and globally recognised new kind of first class university. As our new Vice-Chancellor, we needed someone with top-level skills and experience, someone with a deep understanding of the turbulence currently affecting the sector, and someone who both had a worldwide outlook and understood a university's role within its region. Sir Howard has a unique understanding of the university sector. The Governors are delighted that he has accepted this important post."


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