New Vice Chancellor Starts Today at BGU

News release

1st May 2013

A new Vice Chancellor has taken up his post at Bishop Grosseteste University in Lincoln today (Wednesday).

The Reverend Professor Peter Neil has taken the reins at the university after moving south from the University of the West of Scotland, where he was Interim Executive Dean of the Faculty of Education, Health and Social Sciences.

Professor Neil has a distinguished academic record in the fields of education and theology and has been a prominent figure in the world of Scottish higher education.

“I have been looking forward to coming to Lincoln for months now but nothing could have prepared me for the very warm welcome to the city and for the overwhelming support which has been shown to me on campus,” said Professor Neil.

“The university is in a very strong position, having reached many landmarks in the last year.  We need to be prepared, however, not to rest on our laurels, to look for new opportunities and to face inevitable challenges as we move on into the next phase in our story.

“I am delighted to be part of this institution at this particular time and feel that we, as a team of staff and students, are well equipped to take BGU further as a university.”

Professor Neil was born on the Isle of Bute on the west coast of Scotland. After working as a teacher of modern languages in Scotland he moved to Belfast where he became a senior lecturer in Education at Queen’s University Belfast.

Whilst at Queen’s he completed a PhD in Education and began studying theology. In 2003 he took up the role of director of Education and Lifelong learning at Aberystwyth University, subsequently returning to his native Scotland as Head of the School of Education at the University of the West of Scotland.

With a wide range of research interests centred on education and on theology Professor Neil has written books on language teaching, Continuous Professional Development and teacher mentoring. He has researched topics ranging from language education to school leadership and ordinary theology, publishing in academic journals and speaking at international conferences.

Professor Neil succeeds Professor Muriel Robinson who retired last week after almost ten years in charge of BGU.

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Notes to editors:

  • Bishop Grosseteste University was established in January 1862 and celebrated its 150th anniversary in 2012.
  • It is an independent higher education institution based in Lincoln which awards its own degrees at foundation, undergraduate and postgraduate level.
  • It changed its name from Bishop Grosseteste University College to Bishop Grosseteste University in November 2012.
  • A more detailed biography of the Reverend Professor Peter Neil can be found here: http://www.bishopg.ac.uk/docs/BGU_VC.pdf

Jez Ashberry
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The Reverend Professor Peter Neil took up his new post today (Wednesday 1st May) as Vice Chancellor of Bishop Grosseteste University in Lincoln
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Professor Neil, who has moved to Lincoln from the University of the West of Scotland, succeeds Professor Muriel Robinson who retired last week after almost ten years in charge of BGU.
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The university is in a very strong position but we need to be prepared not to rest on our laurels, to look for new opportunities and to face inevitable challenges
The Reverend Professor Peter Neil, Vice Chancellor of Bishop Grosseteste University