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Saul Becker starts in post as Deputy Vice-Chancellor
Professor Saul Becker has taken up his post as Deputy Vice-Chancellor at Sussex, reporting to the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Adam Tickell.
Professor Becker has joined Sussex from the University of Birmingham, where he had been Pro-Vice-Chancellor since 2014 in a role that encompassed the leadership of the College of Social Sciences as well as institutional responsibilities both locally and internationally.
As Deputy Vice-Chancellor at Sussex, Professor Becker has taken on a wide-ranging role that incorporates overall responsibility for the University’s 11 schools including faculty affairs, academic strategy and planning. As well as deputising for the Vice-Chancellor as necessary, Professor Becker will be responsible for leading on some of the University’s current and emerging strategic priorities.
Vice-Chancellor Adam Tickell said: “Saul shares our ambition for Sussex. He has led on many of the institutional priorities we need to build on and we will undoubtedly benefit from his direction and experience as we enter a new era that will encompass new political, regulatory and economic considerations for us all.
“He will be a major force in helping us to improve the experience of our students and staff by working closely with the Heads of Schools and throughout the University.
“I also strongly value his sense of social justice, fairness, inclusion and community engagement - something I know our community cares about so strongly.”
Professor Becker added: “The University of Sussex has an enviable reputation for quality and engagement - with a distinctive, vibrant, progressive, critical, multidisciplinary character, and in a wonderful location.
“I really look forward to helping to capitalise even more on this sense of place and purpose. Sussex makes a national and world-leading contribution and I want to be a part of that as the University enters a new phase that will no doubt build on its national and global influence and distinction.
“I believe strongly in creating working and learning environments where quality and excellence is recognised, valued, celebrated and rewarded and all colleagues and students are able to express themselves openly. I’m very confident that’s what the community at Sussex strives for too.
“As someone with solid roots in Brighton, it feels very much like I’m coming home.”