Professor David Eastwood elected new Chair of U21

21 May 2014
Vice Chancellor of the University of Birmingham is unanimously elected to serve as the next Chair of U21.

The Vice Chancellor of the University of Birmingham, Professor David Eastwood, has been elected as the new chair of the network.

Chairmanship of the network now rotates on a biannual basis and Professor Eastwood was elected unanimously at the Universitas 21 Annual General Meeting in Glasgow on 16 May. Speaking after the election, Professor Eastwood said: “I am delighted to have been asked to chair the Universitas 21 network. The strength and diversity of its members create a powerful global force within higher education. The sector is undergoing rapid change and it is clear that international collaboration is vital to the long-term success of universities and of the sector as a whole.  As Chair I will endeavour to ensure that Universitas 21 continues to provide a dynamic framework that fosters international collaboration between leading research universities.”

Professor Eastwood takes over from Professor Fred Hilmer, President and Vice Chancellor of the University of New South Wales, Australia, with immediate effect.

Jane Usherwood, Secretary General of U21 commented: “We are delighted that Professor David Eastwood has been elected by his fellow university presidents to lead our network for the next two years. Over the 17 years since we were founded, the network has developed collaborative projects in the areas of student experience, educational innovation and researcher engagement and Professor Eastwood’s leadership in these, and other areas where we work together, will prove invaluable in maximising the potential such an established set of relationships might bring.  We look forward to working with him to capitalise on the exciting opportunities for our members, students and staff."

Previous Chairs of the network have come from various countries around the world, including Australia, Canada, Ireland and the United States - a full list can be found by following the link below.