Aston University appoints next Vice-Chancellor

21 June 2006 – for immediate release

Aston University is pleased to announce the appointment of Professor Julia King CBE, FREng as its next Vice-Chancellor in succession to Professor Michael Wright FREng; Professor King will take up her appointment from a date to be agreed.

Professor King, who is fifty one years old, was educated at New Hall, Cambridge, where she gained a first class BA Honours Degree in Natural Sciences (Metallurgy) in 1975, followed by a PhD (in the field of fatigue and fracture) in 1979. She then held academic posts at the University of Nottingham and at Cambridge University, before moving to Rolls Royce Plc in 1994, to take up the post of Head of Materials at the Rolls Royce Aerospace Group. She was Director of Advanced Engineering, Rolls Royce Industrial Power Group from 1997 - 1998, Managing Director of Rolls Royce Fan Systems from 1998 - 2000, and then Director of Engineering and Technology – Marine from 2000 - 2002. She moved from Rolls Royce in 2002 to become Chief Executive of the Institute of Physics. Since 2004, Professor King has been Principal of the Faculty of Engineering at Imperial College London.

Professor King has been recognised for her work by many awards and honours during her career, including the Fellowship of the Royal Academy of Engineering in 1997, and the CBE in 1999 for services to Materials Engineering. She has published more then 160 papers on fatigue and fracture in structural materials, materials issues in aero engines, and advances in marine propulsion technology.

Geoffrey John, Aston University’s Pro-Chancellor and Chairman of the Search Committee for the Vice-Chancellor said: ‘We are delighted to have been able to appoint Professor Julia King as Aston’s next Vice-Chancellor. She has an outstanding record of academic and industrial achievement which is in line with Aston’s focus on subjects of professional and vocational relevance.’

Commenting on her appointment, Professor King said: ‘Aston has been very successful in recent years, and I am looking forward immensely to working with all its staff and students to take the University through the next phase of its development.’


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