New vice-chancellor for University of Reading announced

Robert Van de Noort
Professor Robert Van de Noort

The University of Reading has announced its new vice-chancellor, writes Taz Usher.

Professor Robert Van de Noort has been acting vice-chancellor since September last year following the departure of his predecessor Sir David Bell.

Staff and students were involved in the appointment process and Paul Preston, president of the university’s governing council, said that the professor had demonstrated an inclusive approach while he had been acting vice-chancellor.

He added: “He will bring a balance of both continuity and refreshed vision to the university”.

Professor Van de Noort said he is hugely privileged to take on the role and his top priority will be working with the university community and its partners.

“Our focus must be on quality in both research and teaching, while providing our students with an inclusive, welcoming environment that sets them up for long-term career success,” he added.

He begins his role immediately.

This is his fifth year working at the University since joining as pro-vice-chancellor for academic planning and resources in 2014.

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