ARU Peterborough makes four senior appointments

Assistant principals and vice-principals recruited ahead of new university’s opening in September 2022

A year ahead of its scheduled September 2022 opening, new university ARU Peterborough has made four senior appointments.

Dr Tom Williamson, currently head of school (economics, finance and accounting) at Coventry University, and Dr Esther Norton, currently interim head of school (engineering and the built environment) at Anglia Ruskin University (ARU), have been appointed assistant principals (head of faculty cluster).

They are joined by two vice principals – Dr Lucy Jones, currently vice-dean for science, engineering and computing at Kingston University, has been appointed as vice principal (academic development), and Jamie Jones, director of student operations at London South Bank University, will become vice principal (operations and infrastructure).

The four will report to inaugural principal Professor Ross Renton, who took up his post in February.

“These new appointments mark a significant milestone towards the opening of ARU Peterborough in September 2022,” Prof Renton said. “We are clearly attracting talented leaders, educators and researchers to this ground-breaking new institution.

“Dr Esther Norton has already joined, and we look forward to welcoming the remaining appointees when they arrive at the beginning of December. I believe they will form an outstanding team to support growth and innovation at ARU Peterborough.”

ARU Peterborough is a partnership between the Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Combined Authority, Peterborough City Council and Anglia Ruskin University (ARU), and aims to offer courses for up to 12,500 students by 2030.

Courses based within four faculties – business, innovation and entrepreneurship; creative and digital arts and sciences; engineering, agritech and the environment; and health, education and social care – have been led by both student and employer demand.


Pictured, left to right: Dr Esther Norton, Dr Lucy Jones, Dr Tom Williamson and Jamie Jones

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