Lisa Roberts to become Vice-Chancellor of the University of Exeter

Professor Lisa Roberts, our Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Research and Innovation, has been appointed as Vice-Chancellor of the University of Exeter.

Research funding success – top 10 for Leeds. November 2018

Since 2016 Professor Roberts has been a member of the University Executive Group and has led our research and innovation agenda, overseeing significant progress in boosting research income, quality and impact. She will step down from the University at the end of the academic year.

Vice-Chancellor, Sir Alan Langlands said:

“Lisa has made many outstanding contributions to the University of Leeds, and I am hugely appreciative of all that she has achieved in recent years. 

“Under her leadership, we have continued to make great strides in boosting research quality, impact and income; fostering interdisciplinary working; providing new opportunities for staff and students; transforming our business engagement programme; and ensuring that Nexus has become a clear focal point for innovation and enterprise. 

“In addition, she has made many influential contributions as a member of the University Executive Group; and her wider impacts on the City Region - including her leadership of the MIT: REAP programme - and the UK higher education sector as a whole, are widely respected both locally and nationally. 

“I look forward to working with Lisa until the end of the academic year, giving priority to our ambitious research and innovation priorities as we continue to draw on her remarkable expertise, drive and commitment.”

Lisa Roberts said:

“The last three and a half years at Leeds as Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Research and Innovation have been incredibly enjoyable and hugely rewarding. I have been very fortunate to work with some truly inspirational and talented people. 

“It has been a privilege to support colleagues with their ideas and to help drive up the volume, quality and impact of our research and innovation activities and to play a part in some transformational initiatives. 

“It will be hard to leave such a wonderful University, City Region, and my fantastic colleagues and friends, and I will continue to watch Leeds’ future success with great fondness. In the meantime, I very much look forward to continuing to help develop the University's research expertise, partnerships and reputation for the rest of the academic year.”

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