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BBSRC Chief Executive to become new Vice-Chancellor of University of Kent

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30 March 2007

Professor Julia Goodfellow has been appointed as the next Vice-Chancellor of the University of Kent.

Professor Goodfellow is an eminent scientist with considerable management experience in the higher education sector. She is currently Chief Executive of the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) and will take up appointment as Vice-Chancellor in September following the retirement of Kent’s current Vice-Chancellor, Professor David Melville.

Professor Goodfellow said ‘I am delighted to accept appointment as the next Vice-Chancellor of the University of Kent at an exciting and challenging time for the HE Sector. I feel privileged to be given the opportunity to lead Kent and I am fortunate to be able to build on the excellent base established by Professor Melville and colleagues.

‘We will be looking to continue to enhance course provision and the learning environment for students on all campuses, to increase Kent’s success in research and to build up innovation and enterprise activities in the region.

‘I am looking forward to working with the excellent staff and students at Kent and to strengthening the partnerships that are at the centre of the University’s plans.’

Valerie Marshall, Chair of the University’s Council, said she was delighted with the appointment, ‘We attracted a very strong field of candidates for this appointment and I am very pleased to be able to welcome Professor Goodfellow to the University.

‘The vision of our current Vice-Chancellor has enabled Kent to transform itself into one of the most dynamic universities in the UK. We are confident Professor Goodfellow will lead us to success in our ambition to be one of the leading universities in the UK.’

Professor Goodfellow has been Chief Executive of the BBSRC since 2002 and is currently responsible for over £350m of government funding for biological research in universities and for 2,600 staff in the seven BBSRC-sponsored institutes in the UK. She was previously Vice-Master (deputy vice-chancellor) at Birkbeck, University of London, following appointment as Chair of the School of Crystallography and a successful academic career in teaching and research.


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For more information about the University of Kent please visit: http://www.kent.ac.uk


The Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) is the UK funding agency for research in the life sciences. Sponsored by Government, BBSRC annually invests around £380 million in a wide range of research that makes a significant contribution to the quality of life for UK citizens and supports a number of important industrial stakeholders including the agriculture, food, chemical, healthcare and pharmaceutical sectors. http://www.bbsrc.ac.uk


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