University of Winchester appoints Professor Sarah Greer new vice-chancellor

Professor Greer is currently deputy vice-chancellor and provost at the university

The University of Winchester has announced the appointment of Professor Sarah Greer as vice-chancellor.

Professor Greer has worked at the University of Worcester for the past six years and is currently deputy vice-chancellor and provost with responsibility for academic strategy, planning and delivery.

She will become vice-chancellor in January 2022, replacing interim vice-chancellor The Reverend Professor Elizabeth Stuart, who took on the role following the retirement of former vice-chancellor Professor Joy Carter in March 2021.

New vice-chancellor Professor Sarah Greer

Professor Greer studied English Literature graduate at the University of Cambridge, before qualifying as a chartered accountant and then a barrister. She has held a range of academic and leadership positions and is a national teaching fellow of the Higher Education Academy. Her areas of research are the law of trusts and women’s legal history. She is an accredited mediator in workplace disputes and a general commissioner for the Disabled Students’ Commission.

“I was drawn to Winchester’s values and ethos and its rich heritage of educational excellence and inclusion – Professor Sarah Greer

“I am delighted to be joining the University of Winchester as vice-chancellor in 2022,” said Professor Greer. “I was drawn to Winchester’s values and ethos and its rich heritage of educational excellence and inclusion. I look forward to working together with staff, students and the board of governors to ensure that Winchester thrives and succeeds in its mission to deliver an outstanding education for its students, enabling them to flourish as individuals and to make a real difference in the wider world.”

Out-going interim vice-chancellor The Reverend Professor Elizabeth Stuart

Current vice-chancellor, The Reverend Professor Elizabeth Stuart, said: “Professor Greer has a real affinity to Winchester’s values and culture. She brings a wealth of experience and a clear vision and focus to help the university thrive in a post-Covid world. On behalf of all staff and students here at the university, I can say we very much look forward to welcoming her to join our community.”

Alan Lovell, chair of the university’s board of governors, said: “The standard of candidates was exceptionally high, but the board of governors was unanimous in their decision to appoint Professor Greer. She has an excellent track record of leadership in higher education and we are confident she will spearhead the University of Winchester in its mission to be a beacon for educational excellence, sustainability and social justice.

“We extend our gratitude to The Reverend Professor Elizabeth Stuart, who will be returning to her role as first deputy vice-chancellor. She will continue to play an instrumental role, alongside our new vice-chancellor and the rest of the executive leadership team, in the future success of this institution.”

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