Professor Rebecca Bunting has been appointed as vice-chancellor and chief executive of the University of Bedfordshire.
She had been serving as Bedfordshire’s interim VC since the former universities minister, Bill Rammell, stepped down from the role in December last year.
Previously vice-chancellor at Buckinghamshire New University, Bunting called her new role a “privilege”, adding: “I have got to know the university well over the past year and it is a very special place, with a remarkable staff cohort, all of whom are dedicated to ensuring our students achieve their potential.
“I have no doubt that there will be challenges ahead – not least a continuing pandemic – but with my amazing staff team here at Bedfordshire I am certain that we will be able to overcome them.”
Bunting’s deftness to date in steering the institution through the coronavirus crisis was a key factor in her appointment, said chair of the board of governors, Tim Sawyer: “The board felt Rebecca was outstanding throughout the interview process, but her leadership of the university over the past year, through some extremely difficult times, has been exceptional.”
As well as Bucks, Bunting’s experience in higher education includes posts at the University of Roehampton, Anglia Ruskin University, the University of Northampton, and the University of Portsmouth.
Prior to Roehampton, the Cambridge-educated Bunting served as a teacher in London comprehensive schools.
She a is a founding director of both the Higher Education Academy and its successor, Advance HE, as well as the chair of a fleet of national higher education committees for learning, teaching, and widening participation.
Her own field of research concerns children’s language and literacy development, educational linguistics, and pedagogy.
“Rebecca brings with her a wealth of experience, and we particularly found her values and vision on widening access to higher education to match those we have at Bedfordshire,” added Sawyer.
“Together with her commitment to teaching, research and the student experience, I am confident Rebecca will ensure that our students continue to achieve extraordinary things.”
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