Aston’s vice-chancellor third MOST powerful PERSON in birmingham

23 July 2008 – for immediate release

A high-profile list of the 50 most powerful and influential people in Birmingham featured Aston University’s Vice-Chancellor, Professor Julia King, in the top three.

Professor Julia King, who took up the top position at Aston in December 2006, has beaten off stiff competition from highly reputed politicians, public and private sector leaders and media broadcasters to take third place in the Power 50 list compiled by The Birmingham Post.

As one of the country’s leading engineers, Julia King was appointed by the then Chancellor of the Exchequer, Gordon Brown, to conduct a high-profile review of vehicle and fuel technologies. Final recommendations from the King Review, aimed at reducing carbon emissions from cars in the next 25 years, were published with the Budget in March 2008.

During her successful career in academia and industry, Professor King has held a number of senior positions at Rolls-Royce (including Director of Advanced Engineering for the Industrial Businesses and Managing Director of the Fan Systems Operating Business), and has been Chief Executive of the Institute of Physics and Principal of the Engineering Faculty at Imperial College. She recently stepped down as chair of the MoD’s Defence Science Advisory Council and has led a Royal Academy of Engineering Working Party looking at the education of engineers for the 21st Century. Despite her many other commitments, Prof King continues to play an active role in encouraging women and young people to go into the sciences and engineering.

Julia King’s passion for the environment has had a strong influence on Aston University since her appointment as Vice-Chancellor. She has implemented an environmental policy which is yielding very positive results. With the introduction of new measures such as a transport plan, the installation of a CO2 emissions meter (first university in the UK to do this), and the recruitment of a dedicated Environment and Sustainability Manager, the University leapt from 93rd to 45th place in the Green League Table published in the Times Higher Education this month.


Professor Julia King, Vice-Chancellor, Aston University, said:


“I am not quite sure how to respond to this! I hope I can use my new found ‘power’ for the good, to help the City deliver its ambitious Climate Change emissions targets, for example.”

For more information on the Power 50 list, log onto www.birminghampost.net and click on The Power 50.


For more information contact Laura Plotnek, University Communications Team, Aston University on 0121 204 4549 or l.plotnek@aston.ac.uk.


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