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University of Suffolk appoints new Vice-Chancellor

16 Jan 2018 9:00AM

The University is delighted to announce the appointment of Professor Helen Langton to succeed Richard Lister as Vice-Chancellor, following Richard’s decision to retire.

Professor Langton will join the University from the University of South Wales (USW) where she is currently Deputy Vice Chancellor with specific responsibility for Academic, Research and Business Engagement.  During her time at USW Professor Langton led the development and implementation of the USW Academic Plan, including a review of the University’s curriculum portfolio and a review of its research strategy.  She has also led the University’s Further Education Strategic Alliance.

Originally a nurse by professional background, specialising in the care of children and young people with cancer, Professor Langton’s previous appointments include Pro-Vice-Chancellor and Executive Dean for Health & Life and Social Sciences at the University of the West of England and Dean of the Faculty of Education, Health and Sciences at the University of Derby.  She has a strong affinity with East Anglia and her family has had a home in Suffolk since 1964.

Professor Will Pope, Chair of the University of Suffolk Board said “I am delighted Helen will be joining the University. She shares our passion for promoting change and driving forward our vision, building on Richard’s strong legacy for which we are all eternally grateful. The University is going from strength to strength and we look forward to Helen leading it in the years ahead.”

Professor Langton said “I am delighted to be joining the superb team at the University of Suffolk as its new Vice-Chancellor. The University is rightly proud of its progress with its clear focus on learning, teaching and employability, and it plays a significant part in the region with huge support from business, industry and local government.  I look forward to building on this as the University develops, working with current and future staff and students to achieve success.”

Vice-Chancellor Richard Lister added “I warmly congratulate Professor Langton on her appointment.  It is a wonderful job and she will inherit an institution on the rise, with committed and supportive staff, and excellent students.  I am sure Helen will prove to be a great success, continuing to take the University forward for the benefit of all the communities we serve.  I wish her well; she has my full support.”

Professor Langton will start on 1 June 2018, enabling a smooth transition from Richard Lister who will be retiring at the end of the summer. Following his retirement, Richard will continue to have a strong association with the University and will take on the unremunerated role of Pro-Chancellor.


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