Duncan Ivison appointed as new head of University of Manchester

21 December 2023
Former Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) Professor Duncan Ivison has been appointed as University of Manchester’s new President and Vice-Chancellor after a world-wide search.
University of Sydney congratulates former Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) Professor Duncan Ivison on his prestigious appointment as the new President and Vice-Chancellor of Manchester University. Professor Ivison will take up the role in August 2024.
Professor Duncan Ivison

Professor Duncan Ivison

As Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research), Professor Ivison played a key role in ensuring University of Sydney maintained its position as one of the world’s leading research-intensive universities, with outstanding researchers, networks and partnerships that have improved the lives of local and global communities.

While at the University of Sydney, Professor Ivison held the positions of Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research); Dean, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences and Head of the School of Philosophical and Historical Inquiry; Lecturer and Senior Lecturer. He is a Professor of Political Philosophy, Fellow of the Royal Society of New South Wales, Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities and an avid author, editor and media commentator.

Vice-Chancellor and President of University of Sydney, Professor Mark Scott said: “We congratulate Duncan on this fantastic achievement and wish him well in his new position.

Duncan is an outstanding leader. His leadership has made a lasting difference to the quality and impact of research here at the University. He will bring a wealth of experience and great passion for education to his new role leading the University of Manchester.
Vice-Chancellor and President, Professor Mark Scott

Professor Ivison said: “I am so honoured to be appointed President and Vice- Chancellor of the University of Manchester.

“Like Sydney, it is one of the great civic universities of the world, with a particularly deep commitment to social responsibility and civic engagement. It celebrates its 200th anniversary in 2024, and we are looking forward to joining the Manchester community and being part of its next extraordinary century.

“It is bittersweet to be leaving the University of Sydney after more than twenty years, starting as a fixed term lecturer in philosophy and ending up as Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research). I owe so much to this wonderful institution and the many colleagues and friends who have supported me along the way. I am hoping to stay closely connected to Sydney in one way or another in the years ahead and look forward to seeing the university continue to excel in all that it does,” he said.

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