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Issue 495, 26 January 2004
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Leeds welcomes new Vice Chancellor

Professor Michael ArthurAt its meeting on December 11, Council of the University of Leeds appointed Professor Michael Arthur as the University's new Vice-Chancellor.

Professor Arthur is currently Dean of Medicine, Health and Life Sciences and a member of the strategic management team of the University of Southampton.

Professor Arthur will take over from Sir Alan Wilson on September 1 and hopes soon to be visiting the University regularly.

He said: “I am honoured and delighted to be appointed as the next Vice-Chancellor of the University of Leeds. It is an exciting time in higher education and I am looking forward to the challenge of leading this great University.”

Pro-Chancellor David Ansbro welcomed the appointment. “Michael Arthur comes with a very high reputation and we are delighted to have secured his appointment. I am looking forward to welcoming him to Leeds. In Sir Alan Wilson, as Michael Arthur himself acknowledges, he has a hard act to follow but Michael will bring his own distinctive approach and a fresh insight at a crucial time for the sector.

“He has many of the same very human qualities of his predecessor which underpin the University’s values, and we are confident that he will provide the leadership the University needs in the changing times to come.”

An internationally-renowned liver specialist who has held research roles abroad, Professor Arthur is the only Russell Group vice-chancellor to have attended a comprehensive school – Burnt Mill Comprehensive School in Harlow, Essex.

He went on to study medicine at Southampton and developed his research interest in liver cell biology during clinical training.

After two years at the University of California San Francisco he returned to Southampton in 1989 and within three years, at the age of 37, was appointed Chair of Medicine. He became Dean of Medicine, Health and Life Sciences in 2003.

Professor Arthur has won several awards, including a Fulbright Distinguished Scholar Award in 2002 to pursue further research at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York. Under his guidance, Southampton’s liver research group increased its research income to over £7m since 1996.

Michael Arthur and his wife Elizabeth have three children, Rachel, Sarah and James. His interests include sailing and yacht-racing in the Solent. He also likes to lose at golf to his teenage son.

Pro-Vice-Chancellor David Sugden will be acting Vice-Chancellor from June 1 to August 31.

Further information is available from the press release

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