Former Hefce research director to become v-c

A former director of research at England’s funding council has been appointed as the next vice-chancellor of Canterbury Christ Church University.

June 29, 2013

Rama Thirunamachandran, currently deputy vice-chancellor and provost of Keele University, will join Canterbury Christ Church on 1 October.

Peter Hermitage, pro-chancellor and chair of Canterbury Christ Church University’s governing body, said he was delighted with the appointment.

“The challenges facing universities today require leaders who understand how teaching and research are organised and how large resources are effectively managed.

“In Rama we have a person who has a significant track record in these areas, working with academics and other university staff to meet the needs and expectations of students.”

At Keele, Mr Thirunamachandran has overall responsibility for academic activities as well as strategic and operational leadership for academic planning, budgeting and delivery of teaching, research and enterprise.

In his previous role as director for research, innovation and skills at the Higher Education Funding Council for England, he had overall responsibility for the strategic direction of research and knowledge transfer, including the development of the research excellence framework.

Mr Thirunamachandran said: “Canterbury Christ Church University has transformed over the past 50 years into a university with a distinctive mission and emphasis on public and professional service education with a strong focus on the student experience. 

“I feel privileged and honoured to be offered the opportunity to lead the university into the next stage of its development.”

Mr Thirunamachandran has previously been a strong critic of government policies that concentrate research funding in large universities.

He has also held posts at the University of Bristol, King’s College London and Royal Holloway, University of London.

Mr Thirunamachandran will take over at Canterbury Christ Church from Andrew Ironside, who has been acting vice-chancellor since the sudden resignation of Robin Baker in October 2012.

Already registered?

Sign in now if you are already registered or a current subscriber. Or subscribe for unrestricted access to our digital editions and iPad and iPhone app.

Have your say

Log in or register to post comments

Featured Jobs

Register to continue  

You've enjoyed reading five THE articles this month. Register now to get five more, or subscribe for unrestricted access.

Most Commented

  • Boats docked in Port Hercule, Monaco

Richard Murphy praises a bold effort to halt tax-dodging by the 1 per cent

It’s a question with no easy answer, finds James Derounian

  • Man walking, University of Oxford campus, photo negative

Donald Brown shares the experiences that prompted him to talk about ‘institutional racism’ at Oxford

  • Egg timer and clock showing deadlines

Meghan Duffy thinks you can get on in academia without being chained to your desk

  • James Fryer illustration (19 November 2015)

With no time for proper peer review and with grade inflation inevitable, one academic felt compelled to resign