Long-serving Edge Hill University Pro Vice-Chancellor, Mark Flinn, has announced his retirement.

Staff, students and partners will bid farewell to Mark on Thursday, 16 July, 2009 following 17 successful years based at the University’s Ormskirk campus.

Mark, who first joined the Edge Hill in 1992, has since been instrumental in the transformation of Edge Hill from a higher education college to the successful University it is today, playing a key role in historic milestones such as gaining taught degree powers, research degree powers and the university title.

Speaking of his retirement, Mark said: “It has been a real privilege to work at Edge Hill over the past 15 years, which have probably been the most significant and successful in the institution’s 125 year history.

“The success of the University couldn’t have happened without the teamwork, enthusiasm and commitment of everyone here.

“I’ve made some really good friendships here over the years and of course I’ll continue to keep in touch with people. However, the drive to work on dark Monday mornings in January is something I won’t miss!”

John Cater, Vice-Chancellor, said: “Everything this University achieves is achieved by people, and in any hierarchy of contribution, Mark’s name rests at the very top. As a colleague, consummate professional and great friend, Mark will be very much missed. “