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New Vice-Chancellor joins University

08 September 2010

Canterbury Christ Church University welcomes Dr Robin Baker CMG as its new Vice-Chancellor.

Dr Robin Baker
Dr Robin Baker.

Dr Baker has taken up his new position after being appointed in January by the University’s Governing Body.

Chair of the Governing Body and Pro-Chancellor, Peter Hermitage, said: "Dr Robin Baker is warmly welcomed as our new Vice-Chancellor.

“With more young people wanting to come into higher education, the critical need to build excellence in the professions and the government's agenda for the sector still emerging, it is vital that we have a person with experience, vision and the determination to build upon our past success.

“I very much look forward to his leadership of the dedicated team of people that makes up Canterbury Christ Church University."

Dr Baker joins the University following three years as Vice-Chancellor for the University of Chichester. He also held the post of Pro-Vice Chancellor at the University of Kent between 2005 and 2007, and has had an extensive career in cultural diplomacy, holding a number of posts within the British Council, including his final role as Deputy Director-General.

Notes to Editor

Dr Robin Baker CMG has a career that has moved between academia, cultural diplomacy and promoting UK education and creative industries as exports. He is an authority on East European history, ethnic minorities and languages, spending 21 years in the British Council, serving in London; South Africa; Hungary; Greece; and Russia.

His academic achievements include graduating from the University of London, where he is now a fellow, is a former Finnish Government Scholar at the University of Helsinki, undertaking a PhD at the University of East Anglia, and has studied at the Graduate School of Business, Stanford University.

Dr Baker is a Board member of the Council for Assisting Refugee Academics and the Finnish Institute.

A photograph is available from Canterbury Christ Church University press office.

Canterbury Christ Church University

Canterbury Christ Church University has, since its foundation by the Church of England as a teacher training college in 1962, developed a wide range of taught programmes, research and educational services. It continues to be the largest centre of higher education in Kent for the major public services.

The University now has over 16,700 students based in five Faculties: Arts and Humanities, Business and Management, Education, Health and Social Care, Social and Applied Sciences.  Our 1,500 staff contribute to the University’s work at our five campuses: Canterbury, Broadstairs, Folkestone (in partnership with the Creative Foundation and the University of Greenwich), Medway (in partnership with the Universities of Greenwich and Kent with Mid-Kent College) and Tunbridge Wells. In so doing we seek to sustain the University’s Mission:

‘Inspired by the University’s Church of England Foundation and the aspirations of its students and staff, our mission is to pursue excellence in academic and professional higher education thereby enriching both individuals and society’.

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