Magazine article The Times Higher Education Supplement : THE

Post Will Become Must-Have Role, Predicts V-C

Magazine article The Times Higher Education Supplement : THE

Post Will Become Must-Have Role, Predicts V-C

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The deputy chief executive of the Higher Education Funding Council for England is to leave his post for a newly created role at the University of Bath.

Steve Egan, second in command and director of finance at Hefce, will begin the role as vice-president (implementation) at Bath on 1 May. The university created the post after Kevin Edge, the deputy vice-chancellor, announced his retirement in autumn 2014.

Dame Glynis Breakwell, vice-chancellor at Bath, said that Professor Edge's role had grown and now covers two jobs, so the position of vice-president (implementation) was created alongside the role of deputy vice-chancellor and provost.

Dame Glynis told Times Higher Education that Mr Egan will be focusing on change management in the role. "It means making sure that we implement strategy that is decided upon [in] the university in the most effective way," she said.

"Every university is facing enormous challenges internationally and what we want to do is to take advantage of all opportunities that are available, so this is a mechanism for doing this," added Dame Glynis.

She said that the position would be "an absolute must" for research intensive and internationally active institutions in the future. …

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