Founder will take over top university job

Euan Cartwright
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The Lancaster-based University of Cumbria has a new chairman of the board.

Euan Cartwright beat off competition from across the country to win the post and takes over from Stephen Henwood in August.

A founder-member of the county’s newest university, Euan has had a long involvement in the higher education sector in the area and was previously the chairman of the Shadow University Board, working with the legacy institutions and partner organisations to create the University of Cumbria, then subsequently became vice chair of the University Board from 2007 until 2012.

He said he is looking forward to building on the work to establish the university and added: “After over 20 years continuous involvement with the governance of higher education in Cumbria my short break from the University Board has provided the opportunity for reflection and refreshment.

“I return to the board even more convinced of the value of the university to the young people and to employers in Cumbria and beyond.

“I very much look forward to working with Peter Strike and the board to maintain the progress which has been made under Stephen’s skilled chairmanship.”

Vice chancellor Peter Strike said: “We’ve had an excellent response from a number of applicants wanting to take on the role as chair of our University Board.

“Our directors are all committed to quality higher education, and to Cumbria and the surrounding region, and continue to lead and support the university.

“I am particularly delighted that Euan Cartwright will become the new chairman as he has tremendous and relevant experience and expertise that will be of enormous benefit to the university in the next phase of its development.”

The university is one of only a few nationally to charge tuition fees of less than £7,500. The majority of students, 96 per cent, are from state schools and colleges, with over 30 per cent of full-time students from neighbourhoods that have historically had low participation in higher education.