Atkinson, who has been at the University for 10 years, six as Deputy Vice-Chancellor and four as Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive said: “It has been an enormous privilege to have led the University for the last four years. With the support of dedicated, exceptional staff we have achieved significant outcomes for our students. We have grown our UK student base by over 16% in the last year and witnessed significant growth at our campuses in London and in Hong Kong.
“Students are attracted to the University to study our relevant and contemporary programmes which we deliver in a supportive student-centred environment. Academic teams at Sunderland are working with industry and public sector partners to deliver real life solutions for the challenges we face today and this is reflected in our research informed curriculum.
We have grown our UK student base by over 16% in the last year and witnessed significant growth at our campuses in London and in Hong Kong
“The University makes a huge contribution to the social, economic and cultural life of the region, and I will watch with pride as it continues to grow and thrive in the years ahead. Unfortunately my home circumstances have changed and I have notified the Board of Governors that I will be unable to fulfil my role beyond the summer.”