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Royal Holloway appoints new Principal

Posted on 19/03/2010

Professor Paul Layzell

At a special meeting today (19 March 2010), the Council of Royal Holloway has appointed Professor Paul Layzell as the Principal of Royal Holloway, University of London. Currently Deputy Vice-Chancellor at the University of Sussex, he will take up post on 16 August 2010.

After gaining a degree in Economics and Accounting from the University of Manchester in 1978, Professor Layzell obtained his PhD in Software Engineering from the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology (UMIST) in 1982, after which he took up a lectureship in the Department of Computation there.

A distinguished software engineering researcher, Professor Layzell has written extensively on software development methods and most recently published papers contributing to the foundations of service-oriented and ‘cloud’ computing.

In teaching, he has developed an 18-part video training series for computer programmers and pioneered student group working across distributed sites using video-conferencing technologies. Aware of the importance of preparing students for employment, he has developed career and professional development schemes for students at three different universities. He also contributes regularly to programmes organised by the Leadership Foundation for Higher Education.

After serving as Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Resources at UMIST, Professor Layzell was appointed Programme Manager for the UMIST-Manchester merger, a three-year project culminating in the creation of the new University of Manchester in 2004. He was subsequently appointed Vice-President for University Development, before moving to the University of Sussex in 2006.

Professor Layzell takes an active interest in the education of 14-19 year-olds and is Chair of AQA, one of the UK’s largest examination boards offering A-level, GCSE and Diploma qualifications. He is also Chair of Eduserv, an educational charity that offers licence negotiation services to HE and FE (formerly ‘CHEST’), access and identity management for online electronic resources and web solutions for education and the public sector.

Paul has been married to his wife, Pamela, for nearly 28 years. They are both keen gardeners and walkers.

Professor Layzell said, “I am delighted and privileged to have been asked to take up the role of Principal at Royal Holloway. The College has an international reputation for the highest academic standards and this provides a strong base for future development. I am grateful to Professor Rob Kemp and his team for the leadership they have provided over the past year, and I shall be liaising with them closely as the College starts to address some very challenging issues.”

Sir Andrew Burns, the Chairman of the Council, said, “I am delighted that we have been able to appoint Professor Layzell as the next Principal of Royal Holloway, University of London. Council warmly welcomed his outstanding track record in both research and education. The wealth of experience he has gained at Manchester and Sussex will be of great value to the College and help us move forward positively and confidently in challenging times for higher education.”


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