Taylor’s University has appointed Professor Michael Driscoll as its new Vice Chancellor (VC) and President. Formerly the longest serving Vice Chancellor in the United Kingdom (UK) at Middlesex University for 20 years, Driscoll brings with him extensive experience and knowledge in the higher education industry.
“We are thrilled to welcome Professor Driscoll to the Taylor’s University family. Just like two fitting puzzle pieces, Professor Driscoll’s forward-looking aspirations and passion for education excellence matches Taylor’s University’s pillars and principles. His appointment is a testament to Taylor’s University’s strong foundation and ability to attract the best talents and ultimately produce top graduates,” said Taylor’s Education Group, Group CEO, Dato’ Loy Teik Ngan.
In his capacity as VC of Middlesex University, Professor Driscoll was responsible for a major transformation of the University’s estate in London which culminated in the development of an impressive modernist world-class campus. He also led the development of Middlesex as a leading international university with successful international campuses in Dubai, Mauritius and Malta. His legacy also includes substantial improvements in the success of Middlesex students, the quality of teaching, and the scale and impact of its research, placing the university among the top new universities for research.
In his previous positions, Professor Driscoll was active in representing UK universities nationally and was also the Chair ofMillionPlus, the Association for Modern Universities in the UK, and a voice for 21st century higher education. His leadership and knowledge benefitted numerous higher education boards including Universities UK, London Higher and the North London Learning Skills Council. He also represented all UK universities in the successful bid process for the 2012 London Olympic Games.
Valuing the importance of industry engagement, Professor Driscoll also nurtured his affiliations with employer bodies such as the Confederation of British Industry, the London Chamber of Commerce and London First. His proactive involvement led him to be elected as a Companion of the Chartered Institute of Management.
“Leading Taylor’s University into its next phase of success is indeed a journey that I am excited about. It is an honour to be a part of this process. The clear priority will be to ensure that Taylor's University continues to strengthen its standing in Malaysia. Furthermore, it is crucial to build on this domestic strength to become a leading international comprehensive university attracting the best academic staff and students,” said Professor Driscoll.
Professor Driscoll attributes his ability to understand what is needed to achieve success in the increasingly international and ever competitive higher education market to his experience of working as a researcher and lecturer in two research intensive Russell Group Universities, namely the University of Birmingham and Sheffield University. His role later progressed as an academic leader and eventually Vice-Chancellor of a leading teaching focused international university.
Professor Driscoll, who holds a Bachelor’s degree in economics from Nottingham Trent University, possesses wide ranging interests in the arts which includes collecting students and staff art from Middlesex University. He is also passionate about sports, and best known for his active participation in endurance running and cycling. He has run the London marathon raising £50,000 (RM 264,619), the Great North Run and competed in numerous cycling events.