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UCEA announces new Chair of Board

3 September 2009

The Universities and Colleges Employers Association (UCEA) is delighted to announce that Professor Keith Burnett, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Sheffield, will be the next UCEA Chair.  He will succeed Professor Sir William Wakeham on 1 October 2009 and will hold the post for three years.

Commenting on his new position, Professor Burnett, said: “These are increasingly challenging times for all in higher education but I believe we can work together to overcome pressing issues to achieve sector stability.  I look forward to working as UCEA Chair, building on the significant recent progress through dialogue and meeting the challenges of the current period of economic uncertainty.”

Jocelyn Prudence, Chief Executive of UCEA added: “We are delighted that Professor Burnett has been elected as UCEA’s new Chair.  His interest in HR issues and his particular experience as a member of the Employers Pensions Forum will be particularly helpful in leading UCEA for employers, unions, staff and students across the sector in the coming years.”

UCEA’s Board has also welcomed additional new members recently.  Professor Paul Webley, Director and Principal of SOAS, University of London and Dr Arthur Naylor, Principal of St Mary’s University College, Twickenham who have respectively taken up their positions as Universities UK and GuildHE representatives.


Notes to editors

Professor Keith Burnett became Vice-Chancellor of the University of Sheffield on 1 October 2007. He is an eminent scientist with an outstanding leadership track record. Before moving to Sheffield, Professor Burnett was Head of the Division of Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences at the University of Oxford.

UCEA’s Board is made up of 18 members drawn from both the Committee of University Chairs, and Vice-Chancellors/Principals from Universities UK, GuildHE and Universities Scotland.

For further information:

Andy Fryer, UCEA Communications Manager: or Marc Whittaker, UCEA Communications Officer: Telephone: 020 7383 2444