Wa­iariki ap­points British pro­fes­sor as new chief

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The Wa­iariki In­sti­tute of Tech­nol­ogy has ap­pointed British ed­u­ca­tion­al­ist Pro­fes­sor Mar­garet Noble as its new chief ex­ec­u­tive.

She will take up her po­si­tion on Oc­to­ber 1.

Her ap­point­ment fol­lows a na­tional and in­ter­na­tional re­cruit­ment drive fol­low­ing the de­par­ture of Pim Borren to Aus­tralia late last year.

Prof Noble has se­cured fund­ing for and man­aged a num­ber of large-scale col­lab­o­ra­tive projects in the ter­tiary sec­tor, in Bri­tain and in­ter­na­tion­ally.

She has spent more than 20 years in se­nior ed­u­ca­tional man­age­ment roles and will come to Ro­torua fol­low­ing three years as prin­ci­pal and chief ex­ec­u­tive of Univer­sity Col­lege Ply­mouth St Mark and St John.

Prof Noble was pre­vi­ously pro vice-chan­cel­lor of the Univer­sity of Green­wich fol­low­ing roles at a range of other British uni­ver­si­ties and poly­tech­nics.

Her re­search in­ter­ests in­clude widen­ing par­tic­i­pa­tion, work­based learn­ing and part­ner­ship and col­lab­o­ra­tion.

In­sti­tute chair­man Graeme Nahkies said the coun­cil’s ob­jec­tives in ap­point­ing Prof Noble were to achieve im­proved ed­u­ca­tional out­comes – par­tic­u­larly for Maori, more ef­fec­tive de­liv­ery of cur­ricu­lum, im­proved learn­ing path­ways and di­ver­si­fy­ing in­come.

‘‘Mar­garet has an out­stand­ing record in build­ing part­ner­ships with other providers, in widen­ing the ed­u­ca­tional par­tic­i­pa­tion of dis­ad­van­taged groups and eth­nic mi­nori­ties and work­ing with em­ploy­ees,’’ he said.

‘‘Her ex­ten­sive ex­pe­ri­ence in grow­ing in­ter­na­tional rev­enue sources was also very at­trac­tive to us.’’

Prof Noble gained a BA (Hons) in Ge­og­ra­phy and His­tory from the Univer­sity of Wales and went on to com­plete a PhD in Ge­og­ra­phy at the Univer­sity of Hull.

AP­POINTED: Pro­fes­sor Mar­garet Noble.

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