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4 January 2006 PR 06/01

Loughborough University welcomes new Vice Chancellor

This year marks the start of a new era for Loughborough University as Professor Shirley Pearce, CBE, officially begins her post as Vice Chancellor.

Professor Pearce – a clinical psychologist who has worked in both the NHS and the higher education sector – is the University’s 7th Vice Chancellor. Before coming to Loughborough she was a Professor of Health Psychology at the University of East Anglia (UEA) and Dean of the Institute of Health.

Speaking about her new role Professor Pearce said: “It is a great privilege to be joining Loughborough University at such an exciting time in its development. I have very much appreciated the warm welcome I have received at the University and more widely in the town. I am enjoying both living and working in Loughborough and am keen to build on the excellent work that has been done in recent years to enable the University and town to work well together, so that we can create a stimulating and prosperous environment for everyone’s benefit.”

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 becoming Dean of the Institute of Health and Director of the Centre for Interprofessional Practice at UEA. In June 2005 she was made a CBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List, for services to the NHS.

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  2. 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. The National Student Survey ranked Loughborough equal first among full-time students, and industry highlights the University in its top five for graduate recruitment. Around 40% of Loughborough's income is for research, and 60% for teaching. The University has been awarded five 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; for its world-leading role in sports research, education and development; and for its outstanding work in evaluating and helping to develop social policy-related programmes.

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