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Glyndŵr University Vice Chancellor relinquishes role

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Glyndŵr University’s “inspirational” Vice Chancellor, Professor Michael Scott, has relinquished the role he held for almost 14 years.

Professor Scott informed the Board of Governors over the Christmas period that he planned to leave the University with immediate effect.

He will formally depart the University on March 31 2015 but has been granted a leave of absence from January 1 2015, so that he can pursue his research and other academic activities.

Glyndŵr University’s Deputy Vice Chancellor Peter Excell will be providing academic leadership until an interim VC is appointed in the coming weeks.

In the short term, administrative and managerial oversight will be provided by Sir Jon Shortridge and Derek Griffin, chair and vice chair of the board. The executive/management committee will support them.

Professor Scott’s decision is in line with his announcement in November that it was his intention to leave Glyndŵr University this calendar year.

Chancellor and chairman, Sir Jon Shortridge, said: “On behalf of the board, I should like to reiterate our sincere gratitude and good wishes to Professor Scott as he starts the next chapter in his life.

“He achieved remarkable success as Vice Chancellor, taking the institution to full university status in 2008, having joined NEWI (North East Wales Institute) in 2001.

“He has been an inspirational leader, a tireless worker for the interests of both students and the North East Wales community.”

Sir Jon added: “Professor Scott leaves a profound, positive legacy in numerous ways and particularly through his passionate commitment to widening student access to higher education.

"We will now build on the strong foundations laid by Professor Scott and continue to develop the University in keeping with the vision he established.

“In the coming weeks an interim Vice Chancellor will be appointed to provide leadership and to oversee the University’s operational, commercial and academic affairs.

“It is very much business as usual as we begin 2015 with a revitalised structure, on the back of a successful few months which saw Glyndŵr University achieve record-breaking student numbers and rise 44 places up the Guardian University League tables.

“We have faced many obstacles, internally and externally in recent months, but as a University we remain unified, and the Board is confident that, with the support of the Welsh Government and the Higher Education Funding Council for Wales (HEFCW), this year will see Glyndŵr University become even more successful - and much more resilient - than it is today.”

Professor Scott took the institution to full University status in 2008 and made huge strides in significantly improving the Wrexham campus with innovative new buildings, including the Centre for the Creative Industries and the Centre for the Child, Family and Society.

Campuses were also developed at St Asaph, Northop, Broughton and London, producing world-leading research, while student numbers increased significantly, leading to a record-breaking intake of 1,350+ students in Wrexham for the 2014/15 academic year.

The University also moved 44 places up the Guardian University Guide league tables, to number 64 – another outstanding success story.

In a statement to staff, Professor Scott said: “It has been an honour and a privilege to work with you over the last years and to serve the institution: its students, constituencies, partners, stakeholders and communities since 2001. I am grateful for the support I have received during that time from all concerned.

“I wish you all every success and happiness for the future.”
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