Two vice-chancellors announce retirement

The leaders of Loughborough and Cranfield universities will retire in July 2021

Two vice-chancellors have announced their retirement, effective from July 2021.

Prof Sir Peter Gregson, of Cranfield University, and Prof Robert Allison, of Loughborough University, have served as leaders of their institutions since 2013 and 2012, respectively.

Before his appointment at Cranfield, Sir Peter was vice-chancellor of Queen’s University Belfast and oversaw its induction into the Russell Group. He studied metallurgy and materials science at Imperial College London and gained his first lectureship at the University of Southampton in 1983, becoming professor of aerospace materials there in 1995.

He received the Donald Julius Groen Prize of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers in 1994, the Rosenhain Medal and Prize of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining in 1996 and a knighthood for services to higher education in 2011.

Preceding his position at Loughborough, Prof Allison was deputy vice-chancellor and pro-vice-chancellor for research at the University of Sussex. Prof Allison studied geography at Hull University and is the recipient of the Cuthbert Peek Award from the Royal Geographical Society, the Charles Lyell Award from the British Association for the Advancement of Science and the Jan De Ploey Prize from the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven.‌

“It is an enormous privilege to lead Cranfield through a very important stage in our history,” said Sir Peter. “I shall continue to provide the leadership required to deliver on our immediate plans in this year of transition to ensure that we have a good platform from which to realise our ambitious plans for the future.

“Cranfield occupies a unique position in global higher education, with our very distinctive blend of education and research informed by our hugely influential partnerships with business and governments.”

Cranfield chancellor Dame Deirdre Hutton thanked the out-going vice-chancellor for his “huge contribution” to Cranfield since 2013 “towards his vision of ‘One University'”.

“Under his leadership, Cranfield has been the recipient of the prestigious Queen’s Anniversary Prize on three consecutive occasions,” Dame Deirdre added.

Professor Allison said: “By this time next year, we shall be well on the way to developing a new university strategy to set our direction for the future. I believe that the time is right for a new leader to take Loughborough forward.

“When I leave next summer I shall miss so many things about Loughborough, in particular the colleagues and students with whom it is a privilege to work.”

The processes to appoint successors will begin shortly.


Read more: Profile: Sir Peter Gregson, vice-chancellor of Cranfield University

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