Leeds Trinity University vice-chancellor marks first year in post

Professor Charles Egbu, the first black male vice-chancellor of a UK university, has overseen LTU’s Covid response and launched a five-year strategic plan

A university vice-chancellor is marking an eventful first year in post.

Reflecting on his initial experiences at Leeds Trinity University (LTU) in a recent YouTube post, Professor Charles Egbu said that, despite taking over in November 2020 in the toughest of conditions, the work had been “incredibly rewarding and inspiring.

“While my first year has had its challenges due to the pandemic, I am proud to have seen colleagues and students adapt to each obstacle with determination and perseverance, and for the university to have remained true to its personal and inclusive ‘name, not a number’ ethos.”

The first black male vice-chancellor of a UK university, Professor Egbu has also formally launched the institution’s Strategic Plan 2021-2026.

Seeking to develop LTU’s capacity and capability, the plan was conceived in partnership with staff, students, governors, alumni, partners and various other stakeholders. It calls for building on four strategic pillars – education and experience; people and sustainability; research, impact and innovation; and careers and enterprise – supported by two key themes, digital futures and the Leeds City Region.

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Professor Egbu has discussed the issues covered by the strategic plan to a variety of audiences, including the inaugural Sky News’ Big Ideas Live series, on expert panels with regional and sector leaders, and at public events.

“Looking ahead, I’m eager to develop our work with organisations in the Leeds City Region and beyond,” he said Prof.

“I am certain with the support, innovation and drive of everybody in our community, the next 12 months at Leeds Trinity University will continue to be exciting and successful.”

As part of an investment in academic and senior leadership roles, LTU has established a Centre for Excellence in Learning and Teaching, together with an Office for Institutional Equity.

The university has also been recognised for its work on equality, diversity and inclusion, having received the Race Equality Charter Bronze Award and the Whatuni Student Choice Award for Diversity and Inclusion.

As we reported in August, last month saw Leeds Trinity University join four other HE institutions in launching a new diversity mentoring scheme for staff.

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