News archive 2003
‘The Higher’ welcomes new Principal09 Oct 2003, PR 71/03
The Times Higher Education Supplement announced the appointment of Professor Richard Trainor as the new Principal of King’s College London on its front page today (9 October). This was followed up with a ringing endorsement on its editorial page.
The article makes reference to Professor Trainor as ‘an eminent academic, an experienced strategic planner and an excellent manager’ as well as ‘very much a people person’.
His appointment is well received by prominent members of the academic community with Mike Shattock, visiting professor at the Institute of Education and former registrar at Warwick University, saying that it was ‘very good news for King’s’.
Michael Sterling, Vice-Chancellor at the University of Birmingham and Chairman of the Russell Group said of the appointment that it was ‘very healthy for the sector’.
In the Editorial column ‘New hope for old school’, The Higher says that Professor Trainor’s appointment as Principal of King’s is ‘an encouraging sign for the unity of the sector that has been moving relentlessly in the opposite direction’. It goes on to point out that it has taken 12 years for the disappearance of the binary line and for a ‘selection committee to widen its sights’. With a robust approval of the King’s decision it declares ‘… where King’s has ventured, others will surely follow.’
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King's College London
King’s is one of the oldest and largest colleges of the University of London with some 13,400 undergraduate students and some 5,000 postgraduates in ten schools of study. The College had 24 of its subject-areas awarded the highest rating of 5* and 5 for research quality, demonstrating excellence at an international level. It is in the top group of five universities for research earnings and has an annual turnover of £320 million and research income from grants and contracts of some £90 million (2001-2002).
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