University appoints new Vice Chancellor
The University Board has now approved the appointment of Professor Peter Strike, currently Deputy Vice Chancellor (Research, Knowledge Exchange and Business Engagement) at the University of Sunderland, as the next Vice Chancellor of our university.
The appointment followed an extensive recruitment process which was overseen by a selection committee appointed by the University Board. This resulted in a strong and wide-ranging initial shortlist of eight candidates. These were considered as part of an initial selection process before Christmas with a shortlist of three taken forward for the final selection process in January 2011.
Stephen Henwood, Chairman of the Board says: “I am delighted to find such a strong candidate for Vice Chancellor to take the University of Cumbria through its next stage of development. Peter’s distinguished academic career and extensive experience in management and leadership positions make him particularly qualified for this role.
“I want to pay tribute to Graham Upton for the excellent job he has done in positioning the university so that it is able to look forward to the future with confidence and I am sure Peter will build on the successful foundation laid by Graham and his colleagues.”
Peter Strike is looking forward to joining the university. He says: “I am genuinely delighted to be returning to the region in which I grew up and to be given the opportunity to lead the University of Cumbria into the next phase of its development. Although the university itself is relatively new, many of its component parts have, for many years, played a major part in the cultural and economic life of the region. The challenge for me, and for my senior team, is to continue to build on this legacy, creating a vibrant institution of high academic merit that provides opportunities for all those who wish to benefit from the experience of higher education.
“I look forward with keen anticipation to working with the staff and students of the university, and with our partners and stakeholders within Cumbria and beyond, to deliver that outcome.”
Peter is expected to start his new role on 1 July 2011. Professor Graham Upton leaves us on 31 July 2011.
Profile of Professor Peter Strike Peter is currently Deputy Vice Chancellor (Research, Knowledge Exchange and Business Engagement) at the University of Sunderland, and Professor of Genetics. Before that he was formerly Deputy Vice Chancellor (Research and Enterprise) at the University of Northumbria in Newcastle and Vice Principal (Research and Knowledge Transfer) at Napier University in Edinburgh.
Peter was awarded a BSc (Hons) in Biochemistry from the University of Sussex and a PhD in Biochemistry from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne. He has over 28 years’ teaching experience to a wide range of programmes at first and second year undergraduate, honours and masters levels in genetics, microbiology and biochemistry. He has held fellowships and awards from the Royal Society, Wellcome Trust, Nuffield Foundation, European Molecular Biology Organisation (EMBO) and the World Health Organisation (WHO) as well as being co-author of 70 publications in refereed journals.
He is currently Vice Chair of Modern Universities Research Group (MURG) and is a member of Universities for the North East Executive Committee, Universities for the North East Knowledge Transfer Committee and NetPark Advisory Group.
Peter was born and raised in Barrow in Furness and attended Barrow in Furness Grammar School for Boys. He is 62 years old. Peter’s interests include hill and mountain walking, long-distance walks and sailing. He is an RYA Yachtmaster Offshore and an RYA-approved teacher. He also served for 17 years with the Royal Naval Reserve as senior training officer with the Liverpool Universities’ Royal Navy Unit. He supports Newcastle United.
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