New University of the West of England chancellor named

A former boss of the NHS is to become the new chancellor of the University of the West of England.

Sir Ian Carruthers OBE is currently in charge of the South West Strategic Health Authority and has worked at the NHS for 40 years.

In 2006, he was installed as the interim chief executive of the NHS and gained his knighthood in 2003.

Sir Ian takes over from Baroness Butler-Sloss who has been the university's chancellor since 1993.

'Fantastic opportunity'

On Monday, the university announced it was planning to charge students £9,000 a year in fees from 2012.

Vice chancellor Professor Steve West said UWE would invest £19m from the increased fees to "improve access and student support."

"This is a very important time for education and for public services," Sir Ian said.

"It's a challenging period for many people, but also a fantastic opportunity for the university with its strong partnership approach to position itself for success in the future.

"We need to concentrate on what we do best and improve wherever we can."

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