Professor David Eastwood, Vice-Chancellor of the University of East Anglia, has been appointed Chief Executive of the Higher Education Funding Council for England. He takes up the post on 1st September 2006.
Before assuming his current role, Professor Eastwood was Chief Executive of the Arts and Humanities Research Board. Previously he held a Chair in Modern History at the University of Wales, Swansea, where he was also Head of Department, Dean and Pro Vice-Chancellor. While at Swansea he co-founded the National Centre for Public Policy.
Mr David Young, Chairman of HEFCE, said:
“We are delighted to have appointed such a talented and experienced individual. I have every confidence that David Eastwood will lead the Council with distinction through a challenging period for higher education.”
Professor Eastwood said:
“I am delighted to be joining HEFCE and look forward to playing a role in the strategic leadership of higher education in what promises to be an unusually exciting and challenging period.”
Higher Education Minister Bill Rammell said:
“I welcome Professor Eastwood to his new post. He has a distinguished record both as an academic and as a university administrator. This is a time of tremendous opportunity and challenge for higher education. The Government has reversed the long-term decline in institutions' finances, and society expects results in return. Professor Eastwood will play a pivotal role in ensuring this happens, and I wish him all the best.”