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VC's farewell message for staff and students

Sir David Bell

Today is the last day of Sir David Bell as the Vice-Chancellor of the University.

Colleagues are warmly invited to say farewell to the Vice-Chancellor on his last day at the University of Reading. The Museum of English Rural Life is hosting a farewell drinks reception for him from 17:00-19:00 today. If you are unable to attend, please do drop into the Vice-Chancellor’s office on the third floor of Whiteknights House between 11:30 and 14:30 on his final day to say goodbye. If you don’t have card access to the building, please come to the reception at the main entrance.

In a video message, Sir David Bell thanks staff and students for making his time here as happy and fulfilling. 

You can also see the video on YouTube.

Professor Robert Van de Noort will become acting Vice-Chancellor on 22 September until a new permanent Vice-Chancellor is appointed. Professor Gavin Brooks will become acting Deputy Vice-Chancellor, in addition to his existing role as Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Teaching & Learning.

To cover many of the tasks currently undertaken by Robert in his substantive role, Professor Mark Fellowes has been appointed as Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Academic Planning & Resources.

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