Government has appointed University Vice-Chancellor
Sir Alan Wilson as its first director-general
for higher education. Sir Alan said: The
creation of this new position affirms the
importance of higher education and its central
role in society. I hope my years of experience
will help HE contribute to economic development
and the social exclusion agenda over the next
University Pro-Chancellor David Ansbro said:
I am delighted for Alan personally.
It is a great honour for the University of
Leeds and I believe that the whole sector
will benefit from the skills, experience and
wisdom he will bring to this key policy role.
I wish him well in the challenges ahead.
UUK chief executive Diana Warwick said: Alan
Wilson has made an outstanding contribution
to the work of UUK. He is internationally
respected in his own field of research and
as a Vice-Chancellor with a global vision.
He will bring to this post an in-depth knowledge
of the sector which can only benefit higher
As head of the HE directorate, Sir Alan will
be a key adviser to Education Secretary Charles
Clarke, and play a critical role in the Governments
drive to widen participation in higher education
and maintaining a world-class university system,
said the DfES.
DfES permanent secretary David Normington
said Sir Alans distinguished record
at Leeds would be invaluable in
taking forward the Governments White
The appointment was approved by the Prime
Minister and the Secretary of State. Sir Alan
will continue as Vice-Chancellor until the
end of May, but will take up his new appointment
on a part-time basis from February 1, and
full time from June 1.
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