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14 July, 2006 - 09:37 By Staff Reporter

Cranfield coup lands ESPRC’s top man

Cranfield University has lured the chief executive of the Engineering & Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) to the post of vice chancellor, the third appointment of a new vice chancellor by an East of England higher education institute so far this year.

Professor John O’Reilly was chosen after an extensive recruitment process and is due to start in January 2007, taking over from Prof Frank Hartley who has held the post at Cranfield since 1989.

Prof O’Reilly said “My work at the EPSRC over the past five years has focused on working in partnership with universities through investment in people and scientific discovery to meet the needs of industry. I am extremely excited by the prospect of leading a university that has already shown that it does this very well.”

Anglia Ruskin University recently announced that Prof Michael Thorne will leave the University of East London to take over at ARU in January 2007, replacing Prof David Tidmarsh who is leaving for the University of Central England (UCE) in Birmingham, later this year.

At the University of East Anglia, Dr Bill Macmillan will leave his position of pro-vice chancellor at the University of Oxford to take over as UEA’s new vice chancellor in September this year.

• Cranfield University in Bedfordshire has been awarded a grant of almost £10 million from the ESPRC for its Innovative Manufacturing Research Centre (IMRC), one of 16 specialist Centres in the UK. The five-year grant renews a previous grant from the EPSRC and enables the Centre to continue its innovative leading-edge research in this sector.

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