New vice-chancellor appointed for St Mary’s University

Anthony McClaran, the former UCAS and UK QAA chief executive, to take up new role this April

Following an extensive international search, Mr McClaran will take up his new post as vice-chancellor of Twickenham-based Catholic university St Mary’s this April. His is currently chief executive at the Australian Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA), where he has served since 2015.

I look forward to… helping take St Mary’s forward to achieve even more for our current and future students – Anthony McClaran

Prior to moving to Australia, Mr McClaran was chief executive of the UK Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA) (2009-15) and chief executive of the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) (2003-06). He has held senior roles at the University of Hull and the University of Gloucestershire. He began his career in higher education at the University of Warwick.

Mr McClaran will succeed Prof Francis Campbell, who is stepping down from his role at St Mary’s at the end of January 2020 to become vice-chancellor of University Notre Dame Australia.

A warm welcome

Speaking of the appointment, the chair of the University Board of Governors, Bishop Richard Moth, said, “We’re delighted to welcome Anthony to St Mary’s. He brings a wealth of experience of the UK and international higher education sectors, which will benefit the university greatly. Anthony will help lead the university to its next stage of development, following the historic achievements under Francis Campbell’s tenure as vice-chancellor. We have nothing but warm wishes for Francis as he moves to his new role in Australia at the University of Notre Dame.”

Mr McClaran said, “I am delighted to be joining St Mary’s. The university has a rich history and an unparalleled commitment to the student experience. I look forward to meeting colleagues over the coming months and helping take St Mary’s forward to achieve even more for our current and future students.”

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