German expert lands top role
A German language and literature expert has been appointed as Aberdeen University’s new senior vice-principal.
Professor Karl Leydecker, who is originally from Scarborough, will take up the role next year.
The Oxford University graduate currently teaches at Dundee University.
Prof Leydecker said: “I am absolutely delighted and honoured to have been appointed to the role.
“This is an exciting time to be joining the university under a new principal.
“I look forward to getting to know and working with colleagues to shape and implement strategy and ensure the university and its individual members are in the best possible position to flourish in the future.”
Principal and vice-chancellor George Boyne said: “Professor Leydecker’s track record of success demonstrates an intuitive understanding of the higher education landscape.
“This is particularly in areas that closely align with our own ambitions here at Aberdeen, such as internationalisation, student recruitment, widening access and student employability.
“I look forward to working with him as we develop a long-term strategy that builds upon the founding principles of inclusivity and academic excellence that have successfully guided the university over the centuries.”
Prof Karl Leydecker will take up the job next year