Former Kiwi physicist is new uni boss

Travelled: Professor Robin Pollard
Travelled: Professor Robin Pollard
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University boss Robin Pollard has swapped the lush climes of New Zealand for a top job in Preston.

Prof Pollard is the new vice-president, UCLan group and deputy vice-chancellor (International) at the University of Central Lancashire.

He has a reputation as an experienced and accomplished leader of university developments.

A native New Zealander, he has been responsible for building overseas campuses, forging and managing international partnerships, large-scale organisational change including campus transfers, and the development of online education.

Prof Pollard trained as a physicist and during his career he has undertaken research positions in Canada, USA, and Australia.

After completing an MBA, he moved from physics to marketing academic roles at the renowned Monash University in Melbourne.

This led to him playing a leading role in the global activities of that university going from foundation professor and head-of-school, Business and Information Technology, Monash University Sunway Campus Malaysia (1998 - 2001) and then as associate dean (International) at the faculty of information technology (2001 - 2004).

UCLan’s new chief executive officer Richard Hext, recently arrived from Hong Kong.

He said of Prof Pollard: “I am delighted to welcome a man whose experience and track record within the field of higher education international development is second to none.

“Here at UCLan Robin will work directly with me and the vice-chancellor.

“He will lead the UCLan academic community in support of Group operations, and play a direct role in our international development.”

Professor Pollard added: “Well-conceived and well-implemented partnerships, which bring together the entire University community, can really help cement UCLan’s reputation as a world-class modern university.

UCLan’s international developments are bold and potentially transformative so this new role represents an exciting challenge for me.”

He took up a post with the University of New England in 2004 then returned to Monash University in 2007 as Pro Vice-Chancellor of Monash Malaysia and last year became pro vice-chancellor and president, Monash Gippsland, then academic vice-president (Campus Transition and Partnerships).