UCLan appoints Graham Baldwin as vice chancellor

Professor Graham Baldwin has been appointed as the new vice-chancellor for the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan), pending formal approval.

Graham previously spent 13 years at UCLan as a head of department in the Lancashire Business School moving up to the position of deputy vice-chancellor (academic) in January 2010.

He then joined Solent University, in Southampton, in 2014, where he  is currently vice-chancellor and professor of employer engagement. 

David Taylor, UCLan's pro-chancellor and chair of the university board, said he expected the appointment to gain formal ratification on 16 May.

He said: "Following a rigorous recruitment and selection process, a number of experienced, high calibre candidates were interviewed for the role. Graham embodied all the key leadership qualities that we were searching for and his vision for UCLan resonated with our ambitions for the university.

"He has had five successful years as vice-chancellor at Solent, has extensive knowledge of the HE sector and a real passion for helping people from all walks of life achieve their potential.

Graham embodied all the key leadership qualities that we were searching for.

"We look forward to welcoming Graham when he joins us in the new academic year."

Professor Baldwin added: "UCLan is an institution that has real strengths as well as great opportunities to exploit further development and success.

"My values and beliefs closely align with the vision and mission of UCLan particularly to ensure the highest quality of student experience with a focus on overall student achievement. UCLan is very close to my heart and it will be a privilege to work with the excellent staff to take the university forward."