Professor Tim Blackman joins Middlesex University today (Wednesday 1 July) as the new Vice-Chancellor.
Speaking on his first day, Professor Blackman said: "I am extremely proud to be leading such a dynamic and diverse university, with students from all walks of life. I have long admired Middlesex University for its real world research and teaching excellence."
Professor Blackman joins Middlesex from The Open University where he was Acting Vice-Chancellor and previously Pro Vice-Chancellor for Research and Quality.
He has extensive leadership experience in higher education, having served as the Head of the School of Applied Social Sciences and Director of the Wolfson Research Institute at Durham University, Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences and Law at Teesside University and as Deputy Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences and Law at Oxford Brookes University.
He takes over from Professor Michael Driscoll who served as Vice-Chancellor for nearly 20 years.
"I am committed to transforming the lives of students and creating an experience that produces the future professionals who will make a better tomorrow.
My intention is to engage in as much dialogue as I can with students, staff and alumni in building a strong voice for the University within London and internationally."
Professor Blackman has produced this short video, outlining his aspirations for the University.