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Professor Chris Husbands takes up new post as Vice-Chancellor of Sheffield Hallam University 

29 July 2015

Professor Chris Husbands, Director of the UCL Institute of Education (IOE) and Vice-Provost (Academic Development & London) has announced that he will be leaving UCL to take up the appointment of Vice-Chancellor at Sheffield Hallam University from January 2016.

Professor Chris Husbands

UCL President & Provost, Professor Michael Arthur, said: "Chris Husbands has shown impressive leadership and vision as Director of the Institute of Education. The IOE has been rated number one in the world for two successive years and has consistently received 'outstanding' OFSTED ratings. Chris's handling of the merger between the IOE and UCL in December 2014 was impressive and inspiring.

"The merger has enhanced many areas of work undertaken by UCL and will continue to deliver significant advances in the fields of social science and education. Chris leaves the IOE in a strong position to develop its international standing as the global leader in education. His work as Vice Provost at UCL has set the foundations for the successful future delivery of major forthcoming initiatives and I am grateful for his support, guidance and advice.

"I would also like to offer my congratulations to Chris on his appointment as Vice-Chancellor, his leadership skills and academic experience will be invaluable to the staff and students of Sheffield Hallam University."

Professor Chris Husbands said: "It has been an immense privilege to serve as Director of the Institute of Education, working with outstanding colleagues in a great institution.

"We have secured a strong position in becoming the number one global leader for education. The IOE's considerable achievements aren't mine, but are a result of the hard work and dedication of colleagues. In turbulent times, the future of the IOE is secured through the merger with UCL, one of the world's leading multi-faculty universities. I am convinced that the core value of the IOE, to transform lives through education, will be strengthened with UCL.

"I am delighted to have been appointed to lead Sheffield Hallam University, an institution that has achieved striking success in recent years, with exciting prospects for the future. I look forward to working with governors, staff and students across the university, and partners across the region, to build on the solid foundations that have been laid and to realise the university's potential for the future."



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