University of Gloucestershire boss resigns from post

Dr Paul Hartley
Image caption Dr Hartley was due to return to his post as deputy vice-chancellor, but decided to resign

The University of Gloucestershire's acting vice-chancellor is to leave the institution at the end of July.

Dr Paul Hartley took over the role last August following the retirement of Professor Patricia Broadfoot CBE.

Resignation from his substantive post of deputy comes after the appointment of a new permanent vice-chancellor.

He has not revealed his next move, but said it had been a "privilege" to lead the college into a more stable position during a challenging period.

"Our financial position is much improved," Dr Hartley said.

"We continue to deliver a hugely successful international strategy and our academic portfolio and its quality is sound.

"I said when I took up this post that this university had a bright future and I still hold to that belief."

The University of Gloucestershire has more than 9,000 students and is based at campuses in Cheltenham and Gloucester.

Over the past couple of years, it has shed dozens of posts and sold property in anticipation of funding cuts.

Father-of-two Dr Hartley had been deputy vice-chancellor for four years - having joined from Coventry University - and in higher education for more than 30 years.

The new vice-chancellor Stephen Marston is to take up his position this summer.

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