The University of London (UoL) has appointed the chief executive of Universities UK (UUK), Alistair Jarvis, as its new pro vice-chancellor of partnerships and governance.
Jarvis will continue in his current role before joining UoL in June 2022.
“After a busy five years as chief executive [as well as] eight-plus years on UUK’s senior team, I’m looking forward to an exciting new challenge,” he tweeted as news of his appointment broke.
“In this time I’ve supported universities through the challenges of a pandemic, Brexit, a new regulator and seen eight changes of universities minister.”
Professor Wendy Thomson, vice-chancellor of UoL, professed herself “delighted” by Jarvis’ appointment.
“His wealth of experience and the high regard with which he is held in the sector make him an outstanding appointment to this position,” she said.
“The role is key to the continuing delivery of our strategy, combining an external focus on partnerships and policy, with that of governance in his capacity as university secretary. I am excited to work with Alistair.”
Professor Steve West, president of UUK, said that “Alistair’s leadership and engagement throughout his time at UUK has been outstanding, and I know UUK colleagues and members will be very sad to see him leave.
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“I am sure there will be many more challenges and opportunities for higher education and for Alistair and his team to manage over the next six months until he leaves the organisation,” he added, “and I look forward to continue working alongside him during this period.”
Jarvis joined UUK as the director of external relations in 2013. He was then deputy chief executive to Nicola Dandridge, before assuming the top job in August 2017 when his former boss left to head up the nascent Office for Students.
Before joining UUK, he was a director at the University of Birmingham and previously held communications, campaigning and political relations roles for national organisations in both the public and private sectors.
Ahead of all that, Jarvis ran the University of Kent Students’ Union, the role that gave him “a passion for leadership, a passion for politics and certainly education,” he told us in an extensive profile in 2019.
“I am delighted to be joining the leadership team at the University of London, a unique and diverse institution with a compelling vision,” he said in the university’s official communiqué on his latest position.
“I am looking forward to working with a talented team and with partners across the federation to deliver the university’s goals across London, the UK and internationally.”