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Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research and Enterprise) Announced

Professor Kevin Schϋrer, who has been appointed as Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research and Enterprise and will join the University in October 2010.

Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research and Enterprise) Announced

Distinguished Academic to join University of Leicester’s Senior Management Team

01 March 2010

Professor Kevin Schϋrer has been appointed as the next Pro-Vice-Chancellor (PVC)(Research and Enterprise). Professor Schϋrer will join the University in October from the University of Essex where he is currently Professor of History and Director of the UK Data Archive.

As PVC for Research and Enterprise, Professor Schϋrer will be responsible for all research and business enterprise activities across the University. He will promote the research agenda and encourage staff to embrace research opportunities and secure future grant funding, working closely with Colleges and their academic Departments as well as Corporate Services.

On his appointment Professor Schϋrer said "I am very pleased to be moving to this exciting and important position, and look forward to working with future colleagues at Leicester - it is a wonderful opportunity in an excellent University”

Vice-Chancellor Professor Sir Robert Burgess said “I am delighted to welcome Professor Schϋrer to the University of Leicester in this key strategic role. Leicester has an excellent research record in a number of its departments and I am confident that Professor Schϋrer will be able to develop our reputation further in these areas as well as developing new areas of activity, increase grant income and build upon the collaborative work currently being conducted. This will be a challenging role, in the context of a difficult sectoral climate and it is vital that Leicester’s research and enterprise activity is given a high priority at a strategic level, something that Professor Schϋrer will clearly be focused upon.”

Professor Schϋrer has served as Director of the UK Data Archive since 2000, prior to which he was a member of the internationally-renowned Cambridge Group for the History of Population and Social Structure, University of Cambridge.

An Academician of the Academy for the Social Sciences, Professor Schϋrer is also a Fellow of the Royal Statistical Society (RSS) and the Royal Geographical Society, and a Senior Member of Wolfson College, Cambridge. He acts as the UK representative for the European Strategy Forum for Research Infrastructure (ESFRI) working group in Social Science and Humanities and currently serves as President of the Council of European Social Science Data Archives. He is also a member of the British Library’s Advisory Council, the Research Information Network Advisory Committee, the RSS Statistics Users Forum Executive, University of Essex Council, and several other the national and international committees.

Professor Schϋrer is currently Principal Investigator on a European Commission funded project that seeks to create a more fully-integrated social science data infrastructure across Europe through the establishment of a new European Research Infrastructure Consortium (ERIC), and last year received a major award from the ESRC to create a standardised and harmonized version of the censuses for Great Britain for 1851 to 1911(the I-CeM project), working with a commercial partner to create one of the largest historical data resources in the world.

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