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Vice-chancellor of Liverpool John Moores University steps down 'with immediate effect'

Liverpool Echo logo Liverpool Echo 14/09/2018 Jonathan Humphries
a man wearing a suit and tie: Professor Nigel Weatherill, Liverpool John Moores University vice-chancellor. © Provided by Trinity Mirror Shared Services Limited Professor Nigel Weatherill, Liverpool John Moores University vice-chancellor.

The vice-chancellor of Liverpool John Moores University will step down 'with immediate effect', it has been announced.

Professor Nigel Weatherill will resign after "discussions" with the university's board of governors.

Prof. Weatherill, who has held the post for seven years, confirmed he will leave his post today.

Rod Hill, pro-chancellor and chair of governors, said: "Following discussions between the board of governors and the vice-chancellor, Professor Nigel Weatherill has confirmed to me as chair of the board that he intends to step down as vice-chancellor and chief executive of Liverpool John Moores University with immediate effect.

a large white building: Liverpool John Moores Universitys on Brownlow Hill © Provided by Trinity Mirror Shared Services Limited Liverpool John Moores Universitys on Brownlow Hill

"After seven years under Professor Weatherill’s leadership, the University has achieved excellent student recruitment, an enhanced student experience, new academic partnerships at home and abroad, and an increased focus on research and scholarship

"LJMU is therefore in a strong position to move forward being well-resourced and financially sound."

The ECHO understands Prof. Weatherill has not chosen to retire.

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Mr Hill added: "The beginning of the new academic year, combined with a clear strategic direction and the imminent arrival of a new chair of governors provides a natural point to make this change.

"The board extends its thanks and good wishes for the future to Professor Weatherill.

"The business of the university will continue without delay or distraction under the leadership of Mark Power, registrar, secretary and deputy chief executive, who will assume the title of interim head of institution and chief executive."

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