Nigerian Professor Appointed Vice Chancellor of UK University

Nigerian, Professor Charles Egbu, has been appointed the Vice Chancellor of Leeds Trinity University.

Egbu will resume office on the 1st of November, 2020, upon the expiration of the tenure of the incumbent, Margaret House. House has been the VC for seven years now.

An aerial view of the Campus.

Egbu studied at the university during his undergraduate years.

Reacting to his appointment, a very happy Mr Egbu said, “I am honoured to be joining Leeds Trinity; a University who’s values and ethos around widening participation, offering a personalised approach and encouraging all students to achieve their best, align with my own. The University has an impressive track record in learning, teaching and employability, and I am looking forward to building on the strong foundations established under the leadership of Professor House.

“I have already been impressed by the sense of community at Leeds Trinity and I am looking forward to engaging with students, colleagues and alumni as we shape the future strategy of the institution. I am also looking forward to returning to Leeds; the city in which I spent much of my early academic life.”

Egbu has over 25 years worth of experience, and recently served as

Pro Vice-Chancellor for Education and Experience at the University of East London. He is also a member of various external bodies, including the Advance HE Pro Vice-Chancellor Network and QAA Panel of Experts.

Prior to this, he was Dean of the School of Built Environment and Architecture at London South Bank University and Head of the School of Built Environment at the University of Salford. He held academic posts at University College London, Glasgow Caledonian University and Leeds Beckett University (formerly Leeds Metropolitan).

Egbu is an Igbo man.

Meanwhile, Jamie Hanley, Chair Designate of the Board of Governors at Leeds Trinity University, said, “Professor Egbu brings with him a wealth of experience and extensive knowledge of the higher education sector. His energy and vision stood out throughout a very competitive recruitment process, and it is clear that he recognises Leeds Trinity’s strengths and values, as well as bringing with him a detailed understanding of the opportunities and challenges faced from across the higher education sector. I very much look forward to welcoming him to Leeds Trinity University.”

Outgoing VC, Margaret House

Mrs House will continue in her role as Vice-Chancellor until the end of October, when Mr Egbu will join the university.

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