Adam Tickell announced as new Vice-Chancellor of University of Birmingham

07/06/2021 | by Eva Laurie | Birmingham

The highly regarded higher education leader will replace Professor Sir David Eastwood in January 2022.

Professor Adam Tickell. Image source: University of Birmingham

The University of Birmingham has appointed Professor Adam Tickell as its next Vice-Chancellor and Principal. Set to take up the post in January 2022, Professor Tickell’s selection comes after the current Vice-Chancellor, Professor Sir David Eastwood, announced his retirement in January 2021 and is formally stepping down from his role in December 2021.

Joining UoB from the University of Sussex where he has spent the last five years as Vice-Chancellor, his appointment marks a return to Birmingham for Professor Tickell. Starting his career as an economic geographer, he has previously worked at Birmingham as Provost and Vice-Principal, and Pro-Vice Chancellor (Research and Knowledge Transfer) as well as in leadership positions at the University of Bristol and Royal Holloway. He is a prominent voice for the university sector in the public eye – speaking in the media on topics ranging from the apprenticeship levy to freedom of speech, and working with government.

Commenting on his appointment, Professor Tickell said: “I am thrilled to be taking on this exciting role at a crucial time for the University. Although the backdrop for universities is challenging, Birmingham is very well placed to thrive. It has been led exceptionally and has real academic strength, outstanding facilities and opportunities for students, state-of-the-art research facilities, and strong collaborations. My ambition is for Birmingham to be known as the most innovative, vibrant and exciting place to work or study in the UK.” 

Background: The University of Birmingham within EUniWell

The University of Birmingham is one of the seven partner universities making up EUniWell. It leads EUniWell’s working group on society and education, and co-leads the communication and dissemination efforts together with Hungary’s Semmelweis University. The University of Birmingham is ranked amongst the world’s top 100 institutions. Its work brings people from across the world to Birmingham, including researchers, teachers and more than 6,500 international students from over 150 countries. 


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