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Wednesday 12 February 2014

New Vice-Chancellor announced

Jonathan Cheshire, Chairman of the Board of Governors of Southampton Solent University, today announced that Dr Graham Baldwin will succeed Professor Van Gore as Vice-Chancellor of Southampton Solent University when he retires in August.

“We had a very strong shortlist for this role but we felt Graham was an outstanding candidate who demonstrated a clear vision that matched our own. We look forward to welcoming him when he takes up his position as Vice-Chancellor in August 2014.”

Graham, currently Deputy Vice-Chancellor at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan), has a first degree from the Madeley School of Physical Education, an MSc from Loughborough University and a Doctorate from the Faculty of Science and Engineering at the University of Wales, Bangor. He is a qualified teacher with a PGCE from the University of Wales and he taught briefly in the secondary and further education sectors before commencing a career in higher education.

Graham’s career at UCLan spans 13 years. He initially worked as a Head of Department in Lancashire Business School before joining the University Senior Management Team in 2003 and held posts as Dean of Academic Development and Director for Cumbria.

In March 2007 Graham was appointed as the National Skills Research Director for the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority and Sellafield Ltd. Seconded from UCLan, he led on the development of skills plans and a strategic action plan for ongoing interaction between education providers, universities and the nuclear industry.

He rejoined the University in March 2008 taking up the position of Pro Vice-Chancellor (Skills & Employer Engagement). He was appointed as Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) from 1 January 2010 with overall responsibility for the University’s academic and research activity.

With overall responsibility for UCLan’s international strategy, Graham has also worked closely with partner institutions particularly in Hong Kong, China and the Middle East.

Commenting on the new appointment Graham said: “Like UCLan, Southampton Solent University has built a strong reputation for helping people from all walks of life achieve their potential.

“This is an exciting opportunity and I am really looking forward to meeting and working with students and staff so that together we can continue to produce graduates who fulfil their career aspirations.”