Subscribe to our free fortnightly newsletter and stay ahead with the latest news in HE

Cumbria welcomes new V-C

A new era has begun at the University of Cumbria with the formal inauguration of Prof Julie Mennell as the institution's vice chancellor

Posted by Rebecca Paddick | December 16, 2016 | People

The ceremony, led by the Most Reverend and Right Honourable Dr John Sentamu, Chancellor of University of Cumbria and Archbishop of York, took place at Carlisle Cathedral in November.

In her inaugural speech, Professor Mennell spoke of her determination to make the university “a strong anchor institution, developing a strong STEM, rural and visitor economy, arts and culture, health and well-being and education portfolio for Cumbria, Lancashire and beyond.”

And with the University set to mark its tenth anniversary next August she told staff and students of her desire to build on the institution’s success so far: “I make a firm commitment to all of you here today to ensure that, as the university’s new vice chancellor, I provide the leadership, directly and by supporting and empowering others, needed for us to enable and inspire success.” 

Welcoming Professor Mennell to the University, Dr Sentamu said: “Partnerships are part of our DNA and are essential in developing and delivering challenging and innovative learning. Our future success will not just be down to us but also to the many people with whom we collaborate, sharing a common purpose to make tomorrow better.” 

Our future success will not just be down to us but also to the many people with whom we collaborate, sharing a common purpose to make tomorrow better

Prior to becoming vice chancellor, Professor Mennell was at the University of Sunderland spending time as deputy vice chancellor where her recent role involved leading the university’s development activities, including international and transnational activities, student recruitment and product development.

She has also held senior positions at Northumbria and Teesside universities and is a former president and honorary member of the North East Association of Science Education and a fellow of the Higher Education Academy, The Chartered Society for Forensic Sciences, Institute of Measurement & Control and the RSA.  

Julie has an international reputation in the field of forensic and crime scene science, having made significant contributions to forensic science strategy, education and workforce development in the UK and overseas, including serving on the Home Office Forensic Science Advisory Council and the Skills for Justice Forensic Science Occupational Skills Committee. 

A mathematics and physics graduate from the University of Leeds, Julie holds a PhD in Applied Physics from Teesside University, focused on the radiometric characterisation of pneumatic suspensions of particulate solids, and a PGC Learning & Teaching in HE.

W: www.cumbria.ac.uk

Subscribe to our free fortnightly newsletter and stay ahead with the latest news in HE

Related stories

Kingston Uni's new STEM facilities put fire safety first

Why edtech investment should move up the HE priority list

The rise of 4K in HE

The STEM Gender Equality Congress returns for 2017

Coventry and Bath move up Guardian University Guide

CUBO 2017 - shortlist revealed

UB June issue out now!

Rooftop milestone for BCU new-building

Russell Group sets out General Election priorities

General Election 2017, make higher education count

Market place - view all

Huck nets

For over 50 years, the HUCK-Label has signified: - high-quality ne...

Softcat

Leading IT infrastructure provider of software licensing, hardware...

Gerflor

Gerflor is a group that creates, manufactures and markets innovativ...

Rhino

Rhino is one of the leading rugby brands in the world and has beco...

Promethean

Effective teaching is the key to successful, collaborative and pers...

Marsh

Marsh is a global leader in insurance broking and risk management. ...