Professor Michael Arthur to be new President and Provost of UCL
10 December 2012
Professor Michael Arthur, currently Vice-Chancellor of the University of Leeds, has today been confirmed as the new President and Provost of UCL. He will succeed Professor Malcolm Grant, who has led UCL since 2003 and who will be stepping down in September 2013.
Professor Arthur has been Vice-Chancellor at the University of Leeds since 2004. He is a Commissioner for the US-UK Fulbright Commission, a Council member of the Medical Research Council, Deputy Chair of the Worldwide Universities Network and chaired the Russell Group of elite UK universities for three years until stepping down in August 2012.
UCL Council, Sir Stephen Wall, said: “The Council
chose Michael Arthur because we were impressed by his personal qualities, by
his own record of professional and academic attainment and by his leadership
and achievements at Leeds.
The Council chose Michael Arthur because we were impressed by his personal qualities, by his own record of professional and academic attainment and by his leadership and achievements at Leeds.
Chair of UCL Council, Sir Stephen Wall
"He has transformed Leeds University’s research and
teaching, established healthy finances, put Leeds on the map as a Russell Group
institution and developed a strong sense of community and commitment among
academic and non-academic staff.
"He has a strong record of engagement with the local community. He has made Leeds a high performer in teaching, reflected in its ratings in the National Student Survey. He has not been afraid to take difficult decisions and to lead from the front but he also has a proven record of empowering others at all levels.”
Professor Michael Arthur said: “It is a very great honour to be appointed as the next President and Provost of UCL, one of the world’s leading universities. I admire the history and origins of UCL and the continued focus on its founding principles and values. Malcolm Grant will be a very hard act to follow, but I look forward to rising to that challenge in leading London’s Global University.”
Media contact: Dominique Fourniol