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New University Chancellor Appointed

Sir Andrew Witty has been appointed as the University’s new Chancellor.

The role is unpaid, and includes both ceremonial and ambassadorial duties. The Chancellor can also shape the strategic direction of the University. Appointed by the University Council, this is a position that is held for a four-year term, subject to renewal by the Council.

Witty is a member of the Nottingham alumni, graduating with a BA in Economics in 1985. In 2008 he became the Chief Executive of GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), and was knighted in 2012 for his services to the pharmaceutical industry and the economy in 2012.

His appointment represents a development of the University’s focus on business research.

Witty replaces Professor Yang, appointed in 2000. Vice-Chancellor Professor David Greenaway commented that he “provided assistance and guidance as our Chancellor”. Yang focused mainly on furthering the established links with the University’s Chinese campus.

More information to follow.

Emily Tripp

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