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The University of York has announced the appointment of Professor Koen Lamberts as the new Vice-Chancellor.
A cognitive psychologist, Professor Lamberts is currently Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Provost of Warwick University. He will take up his new post on 1 January 2014, succeeding Professor Brian Cantor in the role.
Lamberts joined Warwick in 1998 and was elected Head of its Department of Psychology in 2000, serving until 2008. He became Chair of the Faculty of Science in 2007 and was appointed as Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research a year later. He later served as Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Academic Resourcing before being appointed Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Provost in February 2012.
Professor Lamberts said: "I am enormously proud to be chosen to lead this great University. In only 50 years, York has forged a reputation in the UK and internationally for its outstanding teaching and world-class research. I look forward to the exciting challenge of making sure that the University continues to make a difference in the world in the years ahead."
The Chair of University Council, Sir Chris O'Donnell, said: "Koen Lamberts is a talented leader with a strong commitment to excellence in learning, research and knowledge transfer. I have no doubt that he will be an outstanding Vice Chancellor of the University of York."
Kallum Taylor, YUSU President, commented, "I'm absolutely delighted with, and excited about, the appointment of Koen.
"Aside from a clear sense of direction, a fantastic portfolio and hugely respected reputation across Higher Education, we have ourselves a very approachable and down to earth Vice Chancellor.
"On the occasions we met it was clear that Koen has a full appreciation of where our University is currently at, what we need to do to progress further, and what we must do to carry on punching above our weight in a pretty turbulent time for universities and students.
"His tying in of the employability and internationalisation agenda is something we should be particularly excited about.
"I'm sure students will warmly receive him as our new Vice Chancellor, and I'm looking forward to YUSU working with him, and the wider institution under his stewardship, in creating a Student Experience envied across the sector."