Anglia Ruskin names new VC

Published: 11 July 2006 at 13:52

Anglia Ruskin University has appointed Professor Michael Thorne as its new Vice Chancellor and Chief Executive, effective January 2007. He will replace Professor David Tidmarsh who is leaving to take up the post of Vice Chancellor at his former University, the University of Central England (UCE) in Birmingham, later this year.

Anglia Ruskin University has appointed Professor Michael Thorne as its new Vice Chancellor and Chief Executive, effective January 2007.  He will replace Professor David Tidmarsh who is leaving to take up the post of Vice Chancellor at his former University, the University of Central England (UCE) in Birmingham, later this year.

Professor Thorne has a first class honours degree in pure mathematics from the University of London and a PhD in computational group theory from the University of Birmingham. He held posts in University College London, Cardiff University, the University of Sunderland and Napier University in Edinburgh before becoming Vice Chancellor of the University of East London in 2001.

He is the author of a large number of books and academic papers and writes for newspapers and magazines and has written and presented numerous TV and radio programmes. Currently Professor Thorne is a Board member of the London Thames Gateway Development Corporation, the Learning and Skills network, the Broadway Theatre and Newham College of Further Education. He is also very active as a musician and between 2001 and 2004 conducted Wagner's Ring Cycle in Edinburgh, followed by Tristan and Isolde in 2005.

Colin Day, Chairman of the Board of Governors at Anglia Ruskin University said:

"We are delighted that Mike Thorne has decided to join Anglia Ruskin. He has a distinguished record of academic leadership and he knows the region well. He has demonstrated a continuing commitment to the values and principles which underpin our mission, ranging from widening participation to developing research by establishing new research centres. I look forward to working with him".

Professor Thorne said:

“I am sad to be leaving my present University because I leave behind a magnificent group of colleagues who have worked with me to put the University of East London on the map. But I am very much looking forward to building on the work of Professor David Tidmarsh who has achieved so much in a very short time.”

“Anglia Ruskin's excellent staff have gained for it a significant reputation, equal to the best in the world in many areas. It is my intention that together we shall achieve international recognition as a model new university, innovative, distinctive and excelling at what we do”.

Professor Thorne lives in Rivenhall, Essex, and is married with three sons.