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Following a rigorous and competitive recruitment process, that reviewed both internal and external applicants for the post of Vice Chancellor at Ulster University, an appointment has been made.

Chair of Council at Ulster University, Jenny Pyper commented;

I am delighted to announce that Professor Paul Bartholomew has been appointed as Vice Chancellor, effective immediately. Paul has acted as Interim Vice Chancellor since February and his strong, clear and progressive leadership has been a source of reassurance for staff and students alike over recent months.  I know this news will be welcomed by staff, students and the wider Ulster University community across Northern Ireland. 

With the recent news that our School of Medicine at the Magee campus will welcome its first students in September 2021 and the Belfast campus currently also on track for a September 2021 opening, this is an exciting time.  On behalf of Council I would like to offer my congratulations to Paul as we embark upon a new chapter for Ulster University under his leadership, together with Council, Senate and the Senior Leadership Team.

Vice Chancellor, Professor Bartholomew commented;

I feel truly privileged to lead Ulster University through this next chapter of its development.  Our unique role and responsibility as a core economic engine to support individuals and communities right across Northern Ireland is something I know every colleague feels passionately about and I share that commitment.

Never has Ulster’s vital and multi-faceted impact been more needed than at this unprecedented time. The natural pace of change has become much amplified over 2020 and we will meet these challenges with the commitment, profound expertise and collaborative spirit and that is so much part of Ulster’s strength and value.  Working together with our talented Ulster staff, students and alumni, our industry partners and the communities we serve, I look forward to leading Ulster as we work to deliver the full potential of this remarkable place and its people.