New leader for UCS announced

STUDENTS at University Campus Suffolk (UCS) will be guided into the New Year by a new leader, it has been announced.

STUDENTS at University Campus Suffolk (UCS) will be guided into the New Year by a new leader, it has been announced.

Professor Mike Saks from the University of Lincoln has been appointed Provost of UCS and he will take up his post in the first half of next year.

As chief executive officer of the organisation Professor Saks will lead the university into its next stage of development.

“I am really looking forward to taking up my post as Provost at UCS and taking a lead in its further development,” he said. “Drawing on my previous experience at the University of Lincoln and building on the platform already established, I shall enjoy working collaboratively with partners at all levels - including staff, students, other stakeholders and the UCS Board.

“There are great opportunities ahead for UCS to make a very positive impact locally, regionally, nationally and internationally.”

In his post at Lincoln for the last seven years Professor Saks he has been responsible for research, commercial partnerships, marketing and recruitment, teaching and learning, learning resources, academic quality, the student experience and international strategy.

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Professor Colin Riordan, Chair of the UCS Board and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Essex said they are delighted to welcome Professor Saks into his new post.

He said: “He is a distinguished academic who has helped shape the success of the University of Lincoln, another relatively new University.

“UCS has been very successful in its early years and we are looking forward to Professor Saks guiding the institution through the next phase of its development.

“The next few years will be both challenging and exciting and we are confident that UCS will continue to grow and develop its academic profile as well as contributing to the economic and cultural well being of the communities we serve.”