Professor Shirley Pearce has announced her decision to step down from her role as Vice Chancellor of Loughborough University at the end of the current academic year.
By July 2012, Professor Pearce will have been Vice Chancellor of Loughborough for seven years. During this time, the University has strengthened its research and innovation performance to secure its position as an international leader, particularly in the areas of manufacturing and sport, exercise and health sciences.
“From the moment I was appointed in April 2005, I have felt privileged to be part of such a distinctive university,” says Professor Pearce. “Loughborough is a very special place and has been extremely successful as a consequence of the commitment to excellence that we see right across the campus. It has been a very exciting time with numerous highlights, including topping the league for the UK’s best student experience for five years running.
“I am announcing my decision now to allow the University sufficient time to appoint my successor and so that I can, openly, explore future opportunities. I am keen to remain within higher education and public affairs and will continue to be committed to promoting excellence in teaching, research and knowledge transfer. I am enormously grateful to all my colleagues and to the students at Loughborough for their support to me personally and for their commitment to excellence which has made my role at the University so enjoyable and rewarding.”
Sir Bryan Carsberg, Loughborough’s Senior Pro Chancellor and Chair of its governing body, the University Council, said Professor Pearce has made an exceptional contribution to the development and success of Loughborough.
“Shirley is one of the truly outstanding vice chancellors of our generation and she has guided Loughborough through a period of great success,” he comments.
“Under her leadership the University has developed significant new partnerships, including the Midlands Energy Consortium, which was chosen to host the headquarters of the Government’s £1 billion national Energy Technologies Institute, and the Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC), which is now part of the Government’s Technology Innovation Centre (TIC) initiative. Recent successes in attracting three EPSRC Centres for Innovative Manufacturing have made Loughborough the focus of national investment in manufacturing research.
“Loughborough has also been selected by the British Olympic Association (BOA) as the official preparation camp headquarters for Team GB prior to the London 2012 Olympic Games and will host Team Japan in the build up to the Games.”