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Issue 493, 27 October 2003
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VC to take up top job as HE director-general


Sir Alan WilsonThe 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 decade.”

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 education.”

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 Government’s drive to widen participation in higher education and maintaining a world-class university system, said the DfES.

DfES permanent secretary David Normington said Sir Alan’s distinguished record at Leeds would be ‘invaluable’ in taking forward the Government’s White Paper.
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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