Press Release

26 June 2013

Rama Thirunamachandran has been appointed the next Vice-Chancellor of Canterbury Christ Church University.

Rama Thirunamachandran
Rama Thirunamachandran

Mr Thirunamachandran MA FRGS, currently Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Provost of Keele University, will join the University on 1 October 2013, bringing with him extensive higher education and leadership experience.

Peter Hermitage, Pro-Chancellor and Chair of Canterbury Christ Church University’s Governing Body, said: "The challenges facing universities today require leaders who understand how teaching and research are organised and how large resources are effectively managed.

“In Rama we have a person who has a significant track record in these areas, working with academics and other university staff to meet the needs and expectations of students. We are delighted Rama will be joining us in the next academic term and very much look forward to working with him in a University proud of its Anglican foundation.”

Rama Thirunamachandran has been the Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Provost of Keele University since June 2008 and has overall responsibility for Keele’s academic activities. He is also responsible for its strategic and operational leadership for academic planning, budgeting, and delivery of teaching, research and enterprise, with specific responsibility for leading the University’s Internationalisation Strategy.

On his appointment, Mr Thirunamachandran said: “Canterbury Christ Church University has transformed over the past 50 years into a University with a distinctive mission and emphasis on public and professional service education with a strong focus on the student experience.

"I feel privileged and honoured to be offered the opportunity to lead the University into the next stage of its development.”

From 2002, Rama Thirunamachandran was Director for Research, Innovation and Skills at the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) with overall responsibility for the strategic direction of HEFCE’s research, knowledge transfer, and employer engagement and skills policies, with an annual budgetary responsibility of £1.5 billion. His responsibilities included oversight of the operation of the Research Assessment Exercise and the development of the Research Excellence Framework.

He has also held posts at the University of Bristol, King’s College London and Royal Holloway, University of London.

Educated at Cambridge University in Geography and Natural Sciences, he worked on a United Nations Development Programme project on the effects of flooding in Bangladesh. His current interests are in higher education and public policy, and he is a Director and Trustee of the Higher Education Academy and is also a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society.

He is married with one son.

Notes to Editor

Canterbury Christ Church University

Canterbury Christ Church University is a modern university with a particular strength in higher education for the public services.

With nearly 20,000 students across Kent and Medway, its courses span a wide range of academic and professional subject areas.

  • 93% of our recent UK undergraduates are in employment or further studies six months after completing their studies*.
  • Christ Church is the number one choice for local people looking to study at university in Kent (2011 UCAS).
  • We are one of the South East’s largest provider of courses for public service careers.

*2010/11 Destination of Leavers from Higher Education survey



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