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29th May, 2019

Professor Tim Blackman steps down as Middlesex University Vice-Chancellor


Professor Tim Blackman will be stepping down from his role as MDX Vice-Chancellor to take up a new post as Vice-Chancellor of The Open University.

Commenting on Professor Tim Blackman’s new role that will commence on 1 October 2019, Geraldine Proudler, Chair of Middlesex University’s Board of Governors, said:

“I congratulate Professor Blackman on his new role and wish him every success.   His appointment is a tremendous accolade and achievement and I am sure that The Open University will benefit from his extensive experience in higher education.

“I am very grateful for Professor Blackman’s strong leadership over the past four years, during which period Middlesex University has been successfully implementing its strategy to secure our future success in challenging times for higher education. His leadership of Middlesex University has had positive and critical impact on the University’s performance, with strong improvements in retention, graduate employability and most recently a rise of 16 places in the Complete University Guide – the 4th highest riser in the sector. Professor Blackman has been supported in the delivery of the strategy by a very strong executive team who are committed to taking it forward to the next stage to ensure that all students who come to Middlesex can continue to flourish and reach their full potential in their future careers and lives.”

Commenting on his tenure as Vice-Chancellor of Middlesex University, Professor Tim Blackman said:

“I have had four amazing years at Middlesex University and I’ve been inspired by the remarkable students and the hard work and dedication of staff. Middlesex is one of the most diverse universities in the sector, and what has been so apparent to me is how this diversity helps students learn and achieve more. Middlesex graduates have the outlook and vision that many employers are crying out for.

“I know that the outstanding executive team will take forward our strategy which is already having a positive impact. I have every confidence that Middlesex will go from strength to strength and will continue to be an institution that puts students first and transforms potential into success.”

The Board of Governors, led by Chair Geraldine Proudler, is now starting to search for a new Vice-Chancellor for Middlesex University.

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