New University of Portsmouth vice-chancellor takes up his role

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THE new vice-chancellor of the University of Portsmouth says he is thrilled to be starting his new role.

Professor Graham Galbraith took up his position at the university earlier this month.

GRAND PLANS Professor Graham Galbraith has taken up his new role as vice-chancellor at the University of Portsmouth. Picture: Mick Young (132493-01)

GRAND PLANS Professor Graham Galbraith has taken up his new role as vice-chancellor at the University of Portsmouth. Picture: Mick Young (132493-01)

He has joined after five years as deputy vice-chancellor at the University of Hertfordshire.

Professor Galbraith said: ‘I’m absolutely thrilled to be here.

‘I feel absolutely privileged to be leading such a great university and I am very much looking forward to getting to know staff at the university and getting to understand their strengths.

‘I’m looking forward to developing the university through the next stage of its journey of development.

‘It’s a very strong successful university.

‘I am particularly proud of its excellent student survey results.’

Professor Galbraith said he hopes to market the university and build on the strengths that are already there.

‘I want to build on the successes that we have,’ he said.

‘I want to emphasise that it’s a university that is providing the very best experience and the very best learning and teaching for our students but also that is underpinned by first-class research and active engagement with business and community.’

Professor Galbraith said it’s important to raise aspirations at the university.

‘I think that in many ways staff and students and the city don’t actually realise how good this university is,’ he said.

‘We need to be more outward-thinking and more outward-facing.

‘We need to get the message of the university out, not just in the UK but also internationally.’

Stuart Iles, chairman of the board of governors at the university, said: ‘He brings with him a wealth of management experience and a strong entrepreneurial outlook which, combined with a substantial record of academic achievement and a thorough understanding of the international and national HE sectors, makes him an ideal person to lead the university forward.’

Professor Galbraith takes over from Professor John Craven who retired from the post in July after 16 years.