Professor Latham took up the three-year position on 1 January 2016, succeeding Professor Mary Stuart, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Lincoln, who has performed the role since 2012.
Steve West, Vice-Chancellor of the University of the West of England and Chair of University Alliance, said: “John leads a fantastic university that epitomises the University Alliance values of innovation and enterprise. We look forward to him bringing his leadership skills to University Alliance.
“I would like to thank Mary for the invaluable contribution she has made during her time as Deputy Chair – she leaves a strong legacy which we will be building on in the coming months and years.”
Professor John Latham said: “It is a great honour to be taking up the role of Deputy Chair at University Alliance. I’m looking forward to working with all our institutions to make the difference to our cities and regions through high quality teaching and research with impact.
“During Mary’s time as Deputy Chair, University Alliance has made a significant contribution to the future of higher education policy and debates on universities’ role in society. This is a robust foundation to build on as we face the challenges and opportunities ahead.’
Professor Latham became Vice-Chancellor of Coventry University in 2014. Prior to this he was Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Business Development, overseeing all industrial-academic link activities.
Professor Latham is a double graduate of Coventry University and has a background in IT and telecommunications. He is responsible for the development of all Third Strand activity of the University across its education, training, research and consultancy services. He was instrumental in securing the creation of the University’s new £32 million Engineering and Manufacturing Institute in partnership with Unipart. This will bring an innovative approach to teaching on the frontline of industry as well as delivering a ground breaking research centre.
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