Vice-Chancellor is new Russell Group Chair

March 31st, 2015

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.

World-class institutions

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.”

Vital experience

“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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