New Vice-Chancellor appointed

21 February 2011

Professor Nigel Weatherill is to be the next Vice-Chancellor of Liverpool John Moores University.

Professor Nigel WeatherillThe Board of Governors confirmed his appointment at a specially convened meeting on Monday 14th February.

Professor Weatherill is currently Pro-Vice-Chancellor and Head of College of Engineering and Physical Sciences at the University of Birmingham. He is the academic leader of the College and is a member of the University Executive Board. He has particular corporate responsibilities in external business engagement, international relations and policy in STEM education.

A highly successful academic with a strong research profile, Professor Weatherill is an innovative and enterprising leader who is acutely aware of the importance of the student experience.

Professor Weatherill comments: "I am enormously excited to have been appointed as the new Vice-Chancellor of Liverpool John Moores University. It is a university I would describe as 'one to watch' having taken the confident decision to place graduate skills at the heart of the student experience and I am thrilled to now have the opportunity to lead the University into its next phase. I like the feel of the University, I have been impressed by how friendly everyone is and there is a certain spirit and tangible enthusiasm that makes it different. There are enormous challenges ahead but I am certain that the character and strength of LJMU will help us to thrive in this ever-changing environment. I am very much looking forward to meeting new friends and colleagues and to being part of the LJMU family."

Sir Malcolm Thornton, Chairman of the Board of Governors comments: "I am delighted to welcome Nigel to LJMU. The appointment of a new Vice-Chancellor is possibly the most important role ever presented to a Board of Governors, particularly in the face of such volatile and yet exciting times in higher education. In Professor Weatherill, I and my colleagues are convinced we have found a truly inspirational person with great credentials who is very student centric and who will lead this extraordinary institution to ever greater success."

Professor Weatherill will become Vice-Chancellor on 1st September following the retirement of Professor Michael Brown.

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