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Aston University appoints a new Vice-Chancellor

Professor Alec Cameron

24 February 2016

Professor Alec Cameron will succeed Julia King DBE, the Baroness Brown of Cambridge, who earlier this year announced plans to stand down on completion of ten years of service. He will take up his appointment in September this year.

Dr Paul Golby CBE Pro Chancellor of Aston University said “our growing reputation has attracted a very high calibre of applicants. I am absolutely delighted at Alec Cameron’s appointment. This is a real coup for Aston. He combines leadership talent, boundless energy, business acumen and a strong international outlook. Alec has demonstrated commitment to academic progress and research engagement. He is the perfect match for Aston University.”

Professor Cameron was appointed Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Education, at the University of Western Australia in 2013, where he is responsible for the University’s education mission, the UWA student experience, the provision of academic support services, as well as distance learning and online strategies. Prior to this he was the foundation Dean of the Australian School of Business at UNSW Australia and President of the Australian Business Deans Council.

Alec Cameron has also held senior positions in the IT and Telecoms industries, including Sun Microsystems, Alcatel and Telstra. 

Professor Cameron said “I feel privileged at being given the opportunity to lead Aston University at a time of success, and to evolve the distinctive Aston strategy in a rapidly-changing environment driven by internationalisation, technology and deregulation. Aston is renowned for its commitment to graduate employability, translational research, and its engagement with business. It is experiencing record numbers of students, best ever levels of student satisfaction, and is growing its research funding base.”

He continued “I look forward to continuing the momentum built up by Baroness Brown, and I am ambitious to see Aston progress globally in research, teaching and business engagement, accompanied by a continued rise in the rankings.”

Professor Cameron holds a BSc and a Bachelor’s degree in Electronic Engineering from the University of Sydney, a DPhil from Oxford, where he was also a Rhodes Scholar and Rugby Blue, and is a graduate of the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School.

Baroness Brown said “I’d like to congratulate Professor Cameron warmly on his appointment. His credentials as a leader, both in business and within leading universities are a great basis for guiding Aston to continued success. I am sure he will work rigorously to promote Aston worldwide, and to further strengthen our reputation as a leading university for business and enterprise.”

Baroness Brown continued “I am also delighted at Professor Helen Higson’s appointment as Provost. Helen has a huge commitment to students and staff, and represents all that is best about Aston, with her passion for social mobility, academic quality, and the wellbeing and development of staff.”

With 13,000 students and over 1,000 employees Dr Golby said that Aston enjoys a reputation as one of the UK’s leading universities for business and the professions, where original research, enterprise and inspiring teaching deliver real impact. He stated “We are recognised as a top 30 UK university, one of the top 100 universities in the world for employability and relations with business, as well as one of the top 50 globally under fifty years of age.  As we celebrate, in 2016, our 50th Anniversary as a university we are anticipating an exciting future. Professor Alec Cameron and Professor Helen Higson are together the absolutely best team to build on our achievements and to lead Aston to greater success.”

For further information contact David Farrow, Executive Director Marketing Strategy & Communications, 0121 204 4886 / 0797 937 3766 / d.farrow@aston.ac.uk

The University of Western Australia (UWA) is one of Australia’s leading universities and has an international reputation for excellence in teaching, learning and research. It has more than 26,000 students and more than 4,000 staff. The University is the State’s first University founded over 100 years ago, and aims to be counted among the top 50 universities in the world by 2050. It is currently ranked 87th on the Shanghai Jiao-Tong University Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU).