University of Derby John Coyne

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University of Derby John Coyne

University of Derby Vice-Chancellor Announces Retirement

University of Derby John Coyne, Professor John Coyne, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Derby, has announced that he will retire in July 2015, at the end of the current academic year.

He recently celebrated ten years at the helm of the University during which time significant progress has been made in raising the scale, stature and profile of the institution. In addition to his role as Vice-Chancellor, Professor Coyne has also given significant time and service to other organisations in the city and beyond.

The University recently entered the ‘Top 50’ of the Guardian’s universities league table and has just welcomed its largest and best qualified new intake. It has seen a significant rise in applications over the past two years and continues to increase in popularity.

“I continue to enjoy every second of my time at Derby”, said Professor Coyne. “I was always confident we could make progress from the moment I set foot in the place but the achievements of the past ten years have been beyond my wildest expectations.

“I am as committed to the task now as ever I was, but there comes a time when you have to let go and enable the University to prosper under new leadership – as it surely will. The University is full of great professionals with the values and ability to ensure that the organisation continues to go from strength to strength, something I shall watch with passionate interest and pride. The intensity with which I have always done the job has inevitably squeezed out family and other interests so it is now time to place them to the forefront in retirement.”

Chris Hughes, Chair of the University Council, said: “John has given both inspirational and dedicated leadership during his ten years with us and I wish to thank him for all that he has done not just for the University and our students but also for the wider community we serve in Derby, Derbyshire and Staffordshire.

“The University has doubled in size under his tenure and its reputation has grown quite phenomenally. Under his stewardship we are financially secure with wonderful facilities in Derby, Buxton and Leek with exciting plans ahead for Chesterfield. He has always ensured that the quality of the student experience is central to the development of our strategy and plans and that will be his lasting legacy.  We wish him all the very best for the future, and he’ll be sorely missed by us all”.

The process to find a successor has already started and the University is confident that there will be a new Vice-Chancellor in post from August 1st 2015.