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30 March 2012 | PR 12/62
Professor Robert Allison appointed as Vice Chancellor of Loughborough University
Professor Robert Allison
It was announced today (30 March) that Professor Robert Allison has been appointed as the next Vice Chancellor of Loughborough University.
Professor Allison will succeed Professor Shirley Pearce, who will step down later this year after seven years in the role.
Professor Allison is currently Professor of Geography and a Pro Vice Chancellor at the University of Sussex, with specific responsibility for strategic planning, research, enterprise and innovation.
He is also Director and Chairman of the Sussex Innovation Centre Ltd and of Sussex IP Ltd, which promote knowledge transfer between the University community and external organisations.
Professor Allison says of his appointment: “It is an honour and privilege to be joining Loughborough University as its next Vice Chancellor.
“I look forward to meeting and working with the many talented staff, able students and members of the wider Loughborough community.
“It is my intention to build upon the outstanding success of Professor Shirley Pearce, to ensure that the high international standing of the University is maintained through its excellent research, teaching and learning and links with business and the community.”
Sir Peter Bonfield CBE, Chair of Loughborough University’s Council, comments: “I am delighted by Professor Allison’s appointment. He possesses a wealth of skills and experience that are well matched to Loughborough's strengths.
“I am confident that under his leadership, the University will enhance still further its position as a leading research-led university. I look forward to working with him.”
Professor Allison graduated from the University of Hull in 1982 with a BA in Geography. He was awarded a PhD from King’s College London three years later, before becoming the Addison Wheeler Research Fellow at the University of Durham in 1986.
In 1989, Professor Allison was appointed as a Lecturer in Engineering Sedimentology at the University College London. He moved to the University of Durham four years later, becoming Professor of Geography in 1999. The following year he was appointed Head of the Department of Geography at Durham and in 2002 he became the Executive Dean of the University’s Faculty of Social Sciences and Health.
Professor Allison was appointed to his current role as Pro Vice Chancellor at the University of Sussex in 2006. He served as the University’s Deputy Vice Chancellor from 2010 to 2011.
Professor Allison will take up the role of Vice Chancellor at Loughborough University in September 2012.
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Notes for editors:
- Professor Allison has received several honours and awards for his research in hill slope processes and arid land geomorphology – the Jan De Ploey Prize (Katholieke Universitat Leuven 1993), the Charles Lyell Award (British Association for the Advancement of Science 1995) and the Cuthbert Peek Award (Royal Geographical Society with the Institute of British Geographers 1997).
- Loughborough is one of the country’s leading universities, with an international reputation for research that matters, excellence in teaching, strong links with industry, and unrivalled achievement in sport and its underpinning academic disciplines.
It was awarded the coveted Sunday Times University of the Year 2008-09 title, and is consistently ranked in the top twenty of UK universities in national newspaper league tables. In the 2011 National Student Survey, Loughborough was voted one of the top universities in the UK, and has topped the Times Higher Education league for the UK’s Best Student Experience every year since the poll's inception in 2006. In recognition of its contribution to the sector, the University has been awarded six Queen's Anniversary Prizes.
Loughborough is also the UK’s premier university for sport. It has perhaps the best integrated sports development environment in the world and is home to some of the country’s leading coaches, sports scientists and support staff. It also has the country’s largest concentration of world-class training facilities across a wide range of sports.
It is a member of the 1994 Group of 19 leading research-intensive universities. The Group was established in 1994 to promote excellence in university research and teaching. Each member undertakes diverse and high-quality research, while ensuring excellent levels of teaching and student experience.