Attwell has overseen significant growth in the University’s sporting estate since he took up the position in 1999, including the development of world class facilities for hockey, rugby, tennis and cricket, as well as market leading health and fitness facilities.
He succeeds Geoff Pringle who was appointed to be Acting Chief Operating Officer for the University in December 2013.
Commenting on his new role Attwell said: “It’s an exciting time to be taking up this position, in a year when the University is investing a record £50m in capital projects. The campus services team are one of the largest departments in the University and are integral to the day-to-day smooth running of our campuses.
“They also make a huge contribution to our outstanding student satisfaction scores and to our goal of being recognised as a global top 100 institution.”
A new Director of Sport is actively being sought by the University.