New role for our Provost and Deputy Vice-Chancellor 

Shearer West

Dear colleagues

I am proud to announce that our Provost and Deputy Vice-Chancellor Professor Shearer West has been appointed the next Vice-Chancellor of the University of Nottingham. Professor West will take up the post in October 2017.

Shearer was the first person to hold the position of Provost here at the University and has worked closely with me in a shared effort to strengthen our University’s reputation for innovation and international partnerships while delivering internationally-leading research and teaching.

I am delighted and proud that UK higher education will gain such an able and inspiring vice-chancellor. Working with Shearer has been a great pleasure. In her time here she has consistently shown herself to be an exceptional leader who thinks deeply about the challenges we face and works closely with others to deliver change.

I have every confidence that she will make a superb Vice-Chancellor of the University of Nottingham, a fellow Russell Group university with whom we share the common values of excellence in research and teaching, and a commitment to working internationally. I am greatly looking forward to continuing to work with Shearer as a highly-respected colleague and friend, and wish her all the very best in this wonderful new role.

Over the past two years as Provost, Professor West has led an ambitious and successful programme of change to enhance our scholarship. This programme will continue as planned to secure our excellent teaching and world-leading research.

Shearer said: “I am honoured to be appointed to the role of Vice-Chancellor at the University of Nottingham and I am deeply grateful to everyone I have worked with here at Sheffield. I leave this University with the greatest respect for academic and professional colleagues, and a deep admiration for the University’s values and spirit of innovation. I have no doubt that we will continue to work together for the good of students and the UK in the future.”

I will work closely with Professor West to seek a new Provost and Deputy Vice-Chancellor.

I am sure you will wish to join me in congratulating Shearer and wishing her all the very best in her new role.

Best wishes

Professor Sir Keith Burnett CBE FRS FRSW
President and Vice-Chancellor


30 May 2017 update: Professor Gill Valentine appointed as Interim Provost and Deputy Vice-Chancellor

Following the appointment of Professor Shearer West to the role of President and Vice-Chancellor at the University of Nottingham, we will now begin the process of appointing a new Provost and Deputy Vice-Chancellor.

Pending this appointment, the University has agreed to appoint Professor Gill Valentine as Interim Provost and Deputy Vice-Chancellor.

Professor Valentine will take on some initial duties over the summer before a formal start date of 1 September 2017. This will provide a one-month formal handover period before Professor West takes up her new role in Nottingham on 1 October.

Professor Valentine's duties as Vice-President for Social Sciences will be covered on an interim basis by Professor Craig Watkins.