With the start of 2022, Professor Adam Tickell has taken up office as Vice-Chancellor and Principal of the University of Birmingham, following the recent retirement of Professor Sir David Eastwood.
An extremely experienced senior leader within the higher education sector, Professor Tickell joined Birmingham from the University of Sussex, where he spent five years as Vice-Chancellor.
As an influential voice for research and higher education at a national level, Professor Tickell appears regularly in the national media and has strong networks in Government and major research and funding organisations.
Professor Tickell commented: “EUniWell is an ambitious alliance of seven leading European universities. I am delighted to return to Birmingham as we continue to build our involvement in EUniWell’s critical role shaping research-based policy and teaching that aims to help improve citizens’ quality of life across Europe and beyond.
“Although the backdrop for universities is challenging, Birmingham is very well placed to thrive – particularly within the context of our European partnerships. We have real academic strength, outstanding facilities and opportunities for students, state-of-the-art research facilities, and strong collaborations.”
EUniWell Board member Professor Robin Mason, Pro-Vice-Chancellor (International) at the University of Birmingham, has been appointed as Chair of the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission (CSC) in the UK.
Sponsored by the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO), the CSC supports innovators and leaders of the future from across the Commonwealth – providing a range of scholarships to attract outstanding talent to Britain’s universities.
As Chair, Professor Mason will lead development of the CSC’s strategy and ensure that the organisation works effectively with the FCDO, as well as national and international partners.
Professor Mason, who is also a decision-making Member of the Competition Appeal Tribunal and the Financial Conduct Authority, said: “The CSC connects Britain’s universities to the Commonwealth, further strengthening student mobility and the academic, economic and cultural benefits this brings to our country.
“I’m delighted and honoured to lead the CSC, particularly in the year when the Commonwealth comes to the UK for the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games - an occasion in which the University of Birmingham is playing a key role.”
The CSC manages the UK’s contribution to the Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship Plan (CSFP), an international programme under which member governments offer scholarships and fellowships to citizens of other Commonwealth countries. It demonstrates the UK’s enduring commitment to the Commonwealth - ensuring that its programmes promote equity and inclusion, reward merit, and deliver widespread access, especially to those from disadvantaged backgrounds.
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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