Lincoln’s Vice Chancellor to retire after 12 years

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The University of Lincoln’s Vice Chancellor Professor Mary Stuart is to retire later this year after nearly 12 years in charge.

The announcement came in the same week that she received a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Lincolnshire Business Awards hosted by the Lincolnshire Echo newspaper and Lincolnhshire Live.

Professor Stuart, who was born in South Africa, became Vice Chancellor of the university in 2009.

The University of Lincoln has said it will begin the process of recruiting a new Vice Chancellor and Professor Stuart will ensure there is a smooth handover once the appointment is made later this year. The search for a new Vice Chancellor will begin soon.

She told the university’s Board of Governors: “I will be absolutely alongside you all until the day I leave and will be completely focused on this, working as hard as I can to make Lincoln as successful as we can be in the future.

“We are a very different university to the one I took on in 2009 but I believe we have held to our values, seeking to support our communities and our students, developing and growing our knowledge to make a difference to our world.

“It is those values that I hold most dear. It is a great pleasure to serve the university and it is an even greater pleasure to work alongside such wonderful colleagues and I look forward to continuing to work with you as we move forward.”

Under her tenure, the university has created a medical school and the Lincoln Institute for Agri-food Technology and has established a science park in the city. The university was named Modern University of the Year in The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2021.

Professor Stuart was awarded a CBE in 2019.