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Senior Southampton academic appointed Vice-Chancellor of Bournemouth University

Published: 22 March 2005

Professor Paul Curran, Deputy Vice-Chancellor at the University of Southampton, has been appointed Vice-Chancellor of Bournemouth University.

He takes up the post at the beginning of September, and succeeds Professor Gillian Slater who announced her retirement earlier this year.

Professor Curran, who joined the University of Southampton in 1993, is a distinguished academic and research scientist. His award-winning work in Earth Observation, involving the use of satellite sensors to monitor the environment at local and global scales, is widely published. He has been Deputy Vice-Chancellor at Southampton since September 2004, and has previously held the posts of Head of Geography, Dean of Science, and Head of Winchester School of Art.

"I am delighted and feel very privileged to have been invited to lead Bournemouth University," said Professor Curran. "I've learnt a lot from the excellent colleagues I've worked with from across the University of Southampton and I'll be taking those lessons with me as I step into my new position later in the year."

University of Southampton Vice-Chancellor, Professor Bill Wakeham, said: "I am very pleased for Paul on his appointment as Vice-Chancellor of the University of Bournemouth, and wish him every success in his new role."

Paul Curran's appointment as Vice-Chancellor at the University of Bournemouth is the latest of a series of senior appointments for Southampton academics. In recent years Southampton professors Eric Thomas, Michael Arthur and Peter Gregson have taken up positions as Vice-Chancellors at the Universities of Bristol, Leeds and Queen's Belfast. Professor Ian Diamond took up a post as Chief Executive of the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and former Vice-Chancellor, Sir Howard Newby, was appointed Chief Executive of the Higher Education Funding Council for England.

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