Ger­man ex­pert lands top role

The Press and Journal (Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire) - - NEWS - BY JAMES WYLLIE

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

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