Sir Robert Burgess was the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Leicester until September 2014. He previously held a number of roles at the University of Warwick, including Senior Pro Vice Chancellor, Founding Director of the Centre for Educational Development, Appraisal and Research (a cross faculty research centre), and Professor of Sociology. Sir Robert has had experience on several national committees, including the Board of the British Library and the Higher Education Academy Board and was recently appointed as the Chair of GSM London’s Governing Body (GSM London provide industry led vocational business programmes). He was knighted in 2010 for services to higher education locally and nationally.
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