Press Release

30 September 2013

Canterbury Christ Church University today welcomes Professor Rama Thirunamachandran as its new Vice-Chancellor and Principal.

Professor Rama Thirunamachandran
Professor Rama Thirunamachandran

Appointed by the Board of Governors in June, Professor Thirunamachandran joins the University from his previous role as Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Provost of Keele University.

Stephen Clark, Pro-Chancellor and Chair of Canterbury Christ Church University's Governing Body, said: "On behalf of staff, students and Governors, we welcome Rama to Canterbury Christ Church University as our new Vice-Chancellor.

"In today's Higher Education environment, and all the challenges that it brings, today's universities need leaders who understand the complexities of student, academic and staff requirements. Rama brings with him extensive higher education and leadership experience, having worked with academics and other university staff to meet the needs and expectations of students.”

Professor Thirunamachandran has been the Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Provost of Keele University since June 2008 with overall responsibility for Keele’s academic activities.  From 2002, he 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.

Professor Thirunamachandran said: “I have been looking forward to joining the University since my appointment was announced in June and becoming part of the Canterbury Christ Church community.

“The University has transformed over the past 50 years into an institution 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.”

Notes to Editor

  • Rama Thirunamachandran was educated at Cambridge University in Geography and Natural Sciences and has 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 has also held posts at the University of Bristol, King’s College London and Royal Holloway, University of London.
  • He is married with one son.

 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.

  • 94% of our most recent UK graduates were in employment or further studies six months after completing their studies*.
  • We are the number one choice for local people looking to study at university in Kent (2012 UCAS).
  • We are one of the South East’s largest providers of education, training and skills leading to public service careers.

*2011/12 Destination of Leavers from Higher Education survey



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