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Professor Mark Cleary announces intention to step down as University Vice-Chancellor

23 October 12

University of Bradford Vice-Chancellor, Professor Mark Cleary, is to leave the University next summer after over five years in post.

During his time at the University, Professor Cleary has ensured that employability has been embedded into every course delivered at the University, brought in key scholarship funding for students from major business, such as Ford, and developed key business partnerships both in the UK and internationally.

He has also led the University through a period of huge investment in the University's estate to create facilities that bring staff, students and the community state-of-art buildings and equipment. A major investment plan included a new School of Health Studies building, a complete refurbishment of the students' union and library and new student accommodation, The Green, which was ranked as the most sustainable building in the world.

Professor Cleary joined the University in 2007 from the University of Plymouth where he was Acting Vice-Chancellor.

The search for a successor will be launched shortly by chair of council Paul Jagger. Speaking about Professor Cleary, he said: "Mark has been an excellent Vice-Chancellor for the University of Bradford. He has been with us through very challenging times in the Higher Education sector and has led the institution in a very competitive environment."

Speaking about his decision to leave the University, Professor Cleary said: "My decision has by no means been an easy one to make. I have greatly enjoyed my time at the University, the role has been both challenging and fulfilling in equal measure and I have had a great deal of pleasure working with both staff and students here at Bradford during that time."

Professor Cleary will leave his post at the end of June 2013.

23 October 12

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