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Thursday, 27 November 2014

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Ex-council director is University of Cumbria's new chairman

The University of Cumbria’s new chairman says the institution’s value must not be underestimate

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Euan Cartwright

Former Carlisle City Council director of leisure, Euan Cartwright has been named as the new head of the university’s board, succeeding Stephen Henwood. He will take up his new role on August 1 after being backed unanimously by members of a nominations committee charged with finding a new chairman.

Mr Cartwright is no stranger to the university, having been chairman of the shadow board that led to the university’s establishment, then vice chairman of the board from 2007 until 2012.

He said: “I am delighted to have the opportunity to take on the role of chairman to help realise the vision of the University of Cumbria and build on the work that has established the university, particularly that which has been done this year as part of the process of repositioning it.

“After over 20 years’ continuous involvement with the governance of higher education in Cumbria my short break from the university board has provided the opportunity for reflection and refreshment.

“I return to the board even more convinced of the value of the university to the young people and employers in Cumbria and beyond.”

Mr Cartwright, a former chairman of governors at Brampton’s William Howard School, was named governor of the year in the 2012 CN Group Education Awards for his voluntary contribution to the university. He is also involved in other organisations across Cumbria.

University vice chancellor Professor Peter Strike is looking forward to working alongside Mr Cartwright to face challenges caused by changes in national funding.

He said: “As our reputation as an institution continues to grow, our strategic planning also builds in strength.

“Our aim is to produce graduates who are both in demand from employers, and also prepared for the challenges of a rewarding future.”

Outgoing chairman Stephen Henwood, who steps down on July 21, is confident the university will go from strength to strength under Mr Cartwright’s leadership.

“Despite the many challenging issues that beset the higher education sector at present and which must be addressed, the University of Cumbria remains committed to its mission and vision,” Mr Henwood added.

“It was created as a university of Cumbria and for Cumbria, to be a strong and respected university serving the needs of its region and beyond, and this remains its focus and the driving force that propels its development.”

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