TWO Anglican universities - Bishop Grosseteste, Lincoln, and St
Mark and St John, Plymouth - have new Vice-Chancellors. Both took
up their posts this month.
At Bishop Grosseteste, the Revd Professor Peter Neil succeeded
Professor Muriel Robinson, who has retired after leading the
institution for ten years. Professor Neil was previously at the
University of the West of Scotland, where he was interim Dean of
the Faculty of Education, Health, and Social Sciences
St Mark and St John's new Vice-Chancellor is Professor Cara
Aitchison, from Edinburgh University, where she was head of Moray
House School of Education, and chair of social and environmental
justice. She succeeds Professor Margaret Noble, who has moved to
Bishop Grosseteste and St Mark and St John, both founded in the
19th century to train teachers for C of E schools, are among the
smallest of the 14 members of the Cathedral Group and the most
recent to be granted full university status after the size
requirement was lowered to 1000 last year.
Both are retaining the genuine occupational requirement that the
most senior posts are held by practising Christians.