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Recruitment of next President and Provost of UCL


Malcolm Grant will retire from UCL in September 2013 after ten years as Provost.

It has been a good decade for the university. Our competitive position has been transformed. We have prospered across all disciplines, are a top-choice institution for students globally, have risen in the rankings, fostered many productive partnerships and successfully completed a major fundraising campaign. We have become London’s Global University and established ourselves as one of the top universities in the world.

Much of this success can be attributed to Malcolm’s outstanding leadership, sustained through a time of unprecedentedly turbulent changes in the funding of British higher education.

We now have the challenging task of finding his successor. An international search for a new President and Provost has begun and we have set up a joint selection committee of UCL Council and the Academic Board composed of lay members of Council, UCL academic staff and one of our students to conduct the search and, in due course, recommend to UCL’s Council the name of Malcolm’s successor. Some of the selection committee members are also alumni.

I am writing to you, as Chair of Council and of the selection committee, to let you know that the search is under way and to give you the details of the role and search process. These are available at the following webpage: https://www.ucl.ac.uk/ras/acs/provost

This appointment is clearly of crucial importance to the future success of UCL and to the achievement of our vision. These are challenging times for higher education in the UK, but UCL is in good shape and in a strong position to maintain and enhance its quality and performance. I am sure that there will be enormous interest in this appointment amongst well-qualified candidates and we will be able to appoint an individual who will build on the achievements of the last decade and lead us through another successful period of this remarkable institution’s development.

Stephen Wall, UCL Chair of Council, May 2012

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