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1 April 2005 PR 05/26

Professor Shirley Pearce appointed as next Vice Chancellor of Loughborough University

It was announced today that Professor Shirley Pearce has been appointed as the next Vice Chancellor of Loughborough University.

Professor Pearce – a clinical psychologist who has worked in both the NHS and the higher education sector – will succeed Professor Sir David Wallace, who will step down later this year after eleven years in the role.

Professor Pearce is currently Professor of Health Psychology at the University of East Anglia (UEA) and is director of the Institute of Health. For the last five years she has been a member of UEA’s management team.

She is also a non-executive director of Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire Strategic Health Authority and deputy chair of the Healthcare Commission.

Sir Bryan Carsberg, Chairman of Loughborough University Council, said: “I am delighted by Professor Pearce’s appointment. She will bring to Loughborough qualities that are admirably suited to taking the University through the next phase of its development. I am looking forward to working with her.”

Professor Pearce said of her appointment: “I am absolutely delighted to be joining Loughborough as its next Vice Chancellor.”

Educated at Norwich High School, Professor Pearce studied Psychology, Physiology and Philosophy at St Anne’s College, Oxford, gaining a BA in 1975. She was then awarded an MPhil in Clinical Psychology from the Institute of Psychiatry, University of London, two years later, followed by a PhD in Psychology in 1986.

Professor Pearce’s professional career began in 1977, with her employment as Clinical Psychologist at St Mary’s Hospital, London, where she remained until her appointment in 1981 as lecturer and then senior lecturer in Psychology at University College London.

She moved to the University of East Anglia in 1994 to take up the Chair of Health Psychology and became the inaugural director of the School of Health Policy and Practice. Three years later she was appointed Dean of the Schools of Health and led the successful bid for a new medical school at UEA.

Professor Pearce was made Pro Vice Chancellor for the Health and Professional Schools in 2000, before being appointed to her current role at UEA.

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  1. Professor Pearce has held several honorary and non-executive appointments. She is currently Honorary Clinical Psychologist, Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital NHS Trust (1998-), and was Non Executive Director of East Norfolk Health Authority (1996-1997); Honorary Clinical Psychologist, Whittington Hospital, London (1986 –1994), St Mark’s Hospital, London (1984-1994) and the Samaritan Hospital for Women, Paddington (1978-1994); Honorary Lecturer, St Mary’s Hospital Medical School, London (1979-1981); and Honorary Academic Tutor, North West Thames Region, Clinical Psychology Training Scheme (1979-1981).
  2. Professor Pearce’s research has focused on the problem of chronic pain and the development of multidisciplinary interventions to help people cope with long term illness.
  3. She has led the development of innovation in health care education and inter-professional learning at UEA, and is director of the University’s Centre for Inter-Professional Practice.
  4. Loughborough has an established reputation for excellence in teaching and research, strong links with industry, and unrivalled sporting achievement. Assessments of teaching quality by the Quality Assurance Agency place Loughborough in the top flight of UK universities, and industry highlights Loughborough in its top five for graduate recruitment. Around 45% of the University’s income is for research. The University has been awarded four Queen’s Anniversary Prizes: for its collaboration with aerospace and automotive companies such as BAE Systems, Ford and Rolls Royce; for its work in developing countries; for pioneering research in optical engineering; and for its world-leading role in sports research, education and development.

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