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Durham appoints Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Provost

(10 October 2016)

Durham University has appointed Professor Antony Long as the new Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Provost following a competitive recruitment process. Antony is a Professor in the Department of Geography at Durham University and will take up his new position on 1 November 2016. He succeeds Professor Ray Hudson who retired in April this year. 

Professor Long holds both his undergraduate and doctoral degrees in physical geography from Durham University. His research expertise is in past and future sea-level change, a topic on which he has published extensively. He has also contributed to and led a number of prestigious external working groups and advisory boards.

Leadership roles

Within Durham University, he has twice been Head of Department, overseeing significant staff and student growth, curriculum reform and successful performance in two Research Assessment Exercises. He has served on various University committees and has held numerous leadership roles, most recently as Chair of the Accommodation and Estates Programme Board and the Queen’s Campus Transition Group.

Academic Strategy

As Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Provost, Professor Long will report to the Vice-Chancellor and Warden, Professor Stuart Corbridge. He will lead work in the area of academic planning and faculty affairs and will work closely with Department Heads, Institute Directors and the Pro-Vice-Chancellors to build strong and diverse academic units across the University.

As the University’s chief academic officer (Provost), Professor Long will take a lead in delivering the University’s new Academic Strategy, 2017-27, working closely with Jane Robinson, the Chief Operating Officer, and other members of the senior team. He will also work with the Dean of Equality and Diversity to deliver a step change in the University’s performance in the areas of equity and inclusion. 

As Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Professor Long will deputise as appropriate for the Vice-Chancellor and Warden, including representing the University in external arenas.

Determination to deliver

Durham University’s Vice-Chancellor Professor Corbridge said: “I am delighted that Professor Antony Long has been appointed as the next Deputy Vice-Chancellor and first Provost of Durham University. Antony consults widely and combines great analytical skills with an extraordinary work ethic and determination to deliver. He is approachable and always acts on the basis of evidence. He is a wonderful addition to Durham’s senior leadership team”.

Professor Long said: "I am thrilled and honoured to be taking on this post. These are exciting times as the University embarks on a ground-breaking new strategy that aims to deliver world-class excellence in research, education and the wider student experience. I look forward to working closely with Durham's outstanding staff and students to help take Durham forward in the next stage of its development".