May 2020

The Russell Group appoints Professor Dame Nancy Rothwell as its next Chair

Professor Rothwell will be the first woman to take on the role.

“It is a great honour and privilege to be named the next Chair of this prestigious group of historic institutions. […] I look forward to working with this group of world-class universities and all other relevant organisations to ensure that UK universities remain global leaders in research, education and their many wide contributions to society”.

Professor Dame Nancy Rothwell, University of Manchester President and Vice-Chancellor

Professor Rothwell, President and Vice-Chancellor of The University of Manchester, will take over on 1 September 2020 from the current Chair, Professor Sir Anton Muscatelli, Principal and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Glasgow.

The Russell Group represents 24 leading UK universities and believes world-class research and education are key to meeting global challenges and helping to create a dynamic economy, stronger communities and a better future for the UK.

Currently, Russell Group universities are playing an important role in the fight against Covid-19, carrying out potentially life-saving research into the virus, as well as giving practical support to NHS staff and local communities and looking ahead to help the Government revitalise and renew the economy as the country takes its first tentative steps out of lockdown.

Dr Tim Bradshaw, Chief Executive of the Russell Group, said: “I am delighted to welcome Nancy as our in-coming Chair at what is such a critical time for our universities and for the UK economy and society as a whole. In these challenging times the value of the research and innovation nurtured at Russell Group universities is even more important”.

Professor Sir Anton Muscatelli, outgoing Chair of the Russell Group, said: “It’s been a privilege representing the Russell Group as its Chair and I hope that Nancy will enjoy it as much as I have. […] I know Nancy will be a great champion for the sector and I look forward to working with her in that new role when she takes over from me in the autumn”.