Sir Anthony Seldon to leave the University of Buckingham

The departing vice-chancellor says he is “taking a few months off to have a rest” after five years in the role

Sir Anthony Seldon is to step down from his role as vice-chancellor at the University of Buckingham on 1 October.

“I’m incredibly proud to have led the university for the five years with its really remarkable staff, students and Council,” said the historian, educationalist, government advisor, commentator and author, who also served as head of Brighton College and Wellington College.

“Being vice-chancellor has been a privilege as well as being a filial piety; 45 years ago, my father, Arthur Seldon was one of those who, along with Margaret Thatcher and Max Beloff, its first vice-chancellor, proposed the creation of Buckingham as Britain’s first independent university,” said Sir Anthony.

“It has been so stimulating to work with such inspiring and committed colleagues, and the future for the university looks bright indeed. I am delighted that I am leaving behind such an outstanding senior leadership team to help transition the university into its next exciting phase after Covid-19.

“I have done much of what I wanted to do at Buckingham, and it is the time for a successor with a fresh vision to take it forward beyond Covid-19 over the next five years. I will be taking a few months off to have a rest after I leave – something I haven’t done since I began my first job – before returning to work at the end of the year, refreshed and reinvigorated’.

He leaves us in a vastly better place than at any time in our history

During Sir Anthony’s five-year tenure, the university has expanded its numbers by over 30%, and ticked off several other landmark achievments, including raising more money in donations than in the previous 40 years and, last year, establishing Europe’s first Centre for United Nations Studies.

“The University has been incredibly well served by Anthony during his five years as our vice-chancellor,” said Rory Tapner, council chair at the University of Buckingham. “He leaves us in a vastly better place than at any time in our history, and has developed a senior leadership team capable of building on his considerable legacy.”

At the start of the coronavirus lockdown, Sir Anthony wrote an piece for the Higher Education Policy Institute (Hepi) predicting that universities “will be changed forever by the coronavirus crisis and its aftermath” and that the opportunity to come “out of it with more moral authority, popular respect and national leadership than ever before” should not be wasted.


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