Professor Nic Beech appointed as next Vice-Chancellor
Following an extensive and highly competitive recruitment and selection process, supported by an executive search agency, Professor Nic Beech has been appointed as the next Vice-Chancellor of the University of Salford.
Nic is currently Vice-Chancellor of Middlesex University having previously been a Vice-Principal of the University of St Andrews and Provost of the University of Dundee. He is Chair of the UK Standing Committee for Quality Assessment, a Commissioner on the International Higher Education Commission, Chair of AccessHE, Treasurer (designate) and Board Member of Universities UK, and on the Board of the Academy of Social Sciences. In his field of Business and Management, he was the longest-serving president of the British Academy of Management. Nic’s research has focused on identity, change and educational leadership and he has a particular interest in the social dynamics of inclusivity. These interests have played out in his leadership roles in which he has worked to affect social mobility, student voice and success and impactful research.
The final recruitment panel, comprising of University Council independent and staff members and the President of the University of Salford Students’ Union (USSU), were impressed by Professor Beech’s personal values and how he has demonstrated positive impact in embedding equality, diversity and inclusion in his current role. His demonstrable leadership combined with his understanding of the sector and its challenges provides the ideal qualities that the University needs to build on its successes and continue its strategy of growth, diversification and societal impact.
In response to his appointment, Nic said “I am truly delighted to be joining the University of Salford. The University community is outstanding in its achievements in industry partnerships, social mobility and research and I have been greatly impressed by the students and staff I have met so far. I look forward to getting to know everyone and to taking forward our ambitions to deliver transformative education and innovation.”
Chair of Council, The Rt. Hon. Lord Keith Bradley, commented “The selection panel were very impressed with Nic’s vision, values and compassion. As an experienced leader in the sector with an accomplished academic record and extensive engagement with both professional and sector bodies he brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to the University. His commitment to driving positive change and his ability to inspire others was evident throughout the selection process. I am confident that Nic's strategic thinking and strong communication skills will enable him to effectively build on our strengths and continue to make a significant impact in the sector. I am delighted that he is joining us to lead the next stage of the University’s journey.”
Nic will join the University later in the year.
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