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Preston’s university has a new deputy vice-chancellor.

Professor Mike Thomas will take up the academic post in September.

He is currently pro vice-chancellor (academic) at the University of Chester, where for the past four years he has been responsible for working with deans and senior managers from the University of Chester’s eight academic faculties .

He also served on a number of Chester’s senior executive boards and committees.

Before taking over the pro vice-chancellor role Mike Thomas was the Executive Dean of the Faculty of Health and Social Care at Chester and is an experienced clinician and educator, having worked within a variety of settings.

He has had a varied and diverse career in which he has pioneered treatment for people with eating disorders, held management posts in industry and the public sector, practised as a mental health nurse and served in the Armed Forces.

Professor Thomas is married with two children and did a Masters degree in Welfare Law and Social Policy at Liverpool John Moores University and a PhD in Psychotherapeutic Interventions at the University of Nottingham.

He has held academic posts at Leeds Metropolitan University, the University of Salford and University 
of Wales.

UCLan’s Vice-Chancellor Professor Gerry Kelleher said: “We are delighted that someone with Mike’s exceptional breadth and depth of experience is joining us.

“In liaison with UCLan’s executive deans, Mike will play a key role in ensuring all our programmes are relevant, challenging and informed by world-leading research to give our graduates the skills they need to set themselves apart in the graduate careers market.”

In his free time Mike enjoys running, walking his dog, gardening and being active in third sector developments where he works with several charities and boards.

He succeeds Dave Phoenix who has been appointed as the new vice-chancellor at London South Bank University.