Edge Hill University is delighted to announce the appointment of Professor Bill Bruce in the role of Pro Vice-Chancellor for the academic portfolio.

Bill, who held the post of Deputy Vice Chancellor at the University of Hull, joins Edge Hill at an exciting stage of its development. It was this, coupled with Edge Hill’s burgeoning reputation in the HE sector that attracted him to his new role. Bill commented:

“Edge Hill is an extremely successful, well-run university with a strong and respected management team. It is an institution that knows what it wants to do and has set about achieving its goals with a great deal of energy and vigour.

“It has seen huge growth in the last decade, with applications increasing three-fold and an investment of over £100m on its campus, which, with a further £100m still to be spent, is on its way to becoming one of the best in the country.”

With Edge Hill ranking second in the North West for overall satisfaction levels in the latest National Student Survey (NSS) and outstanding provision in education, health, and the creative arts, Bill is keen to build on these established successes.

“I’d like to see Edge Hill become the university of choice in these disciplines, something I think it is already close to achieving in the North West. There’s also no reason why we shouldn’t be pushing for a place among the top five or 10 English institutions in the NSS.

“Research capacity is also an area where Edge Hill is improving. The latest RAE outcomes were promising and the University is now in a strong position to build its research reputation and profile.”

Bill is a pure mathematician, specialising in singularity theory, with over 100 research papers and five books to his name. He has chaired a range of committees for the EPSRC and is on the board of the Isaac Newton Mathematics Institute in Cambridge.

After a PhD and postdoctoral fellowship at the Institut des Hautes Etudes Scientifiques in Paris, he held positions at the Universities of Cork and Newcastle and was Visiting Professor at the Five Colleges in Massachusetts before his appointment to a chair at his alma mater, the University of Liverpool, in 1990. From here, he went on to become Pro Vice-Chancellor at Liverpool before joining the University of Hull in 2004.

Speaking of his appointment at Edge Hill, he continued: “I am delighted to be joining a university with a total commitment to its students and to the quality of all it does. Edge Hill is an institution which has a clear vision and the energy and capacity to deliver.”