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Professor John Benyon to retire

Former director of the Scarman Centre and the Institute of Lifelong Learning John Benyon, who retires in July.

Professor John Benyon to retire

First head of the Institute of Lifelong Learning leaving the University after 30 years

John Benyon is retiring from the University of Leicester on 31 July 2011, after 30 years service.

Professor Benyon joined the University in 1981 and has made a big contribution in a number of ways. John was appointed to a joint lectureship in the Departments of Adult Education and Politics and he became a senior lecturer in 1987. In that year he founded the Centre for the Study of Public Order (CSPO) and he continued as its Director until 1999. He was promoted to a personal chair in 1993. The CSPO grew rapidly and in total had over 40 staff by 1996 when it became the Scarman Centre. It is now the Department of Criminology.

In 2000 John Benyon was appointed as the first Head of the new Institute of Lifelong Learning and he served as Director of Lifelong Learning until 2008. During his 30 years at the University John has been a member of many University committees, has organised a host of courses, conferences and other activities, and has represented the University on a variety of regional and national bodies.


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