University College Plymouth St Mark & St John regrets to announce the departure of its Principal, Professor Margaret Noble, who is off to New Zealand at the end of September to be Chief Executive of a uniquely bicultural tertiary institution which delivers to her personal passion for widening participation in education.
Appointment of Professor Noble’s successor is in the hands of Governing body Chair, Dr Juliet Williams CBE who is no stranger to recruitment of high calibre leaders. Following Professor Noble’s departure the University College will be in the charge of Karen Cook, Deputy Principal, in partnership with Dr Williams. Prior to the appointment of a newcomer, they will oversee an evolution of the University College into the University of St Mark & St John, the Governors’ recommendation in the light of the changed government rules for the award of university title. The decision on title was made at the meeting of the Governors on Friday 6th July.
Dr Williams said how saddened she was at the departure of Professor Noble but was excited and privileged, ‘to have the opportunity to oversee the management of change at the University College and to work with the Governors, staff and students to realise their aspirations for the building of an iconic institution’.
Professor Noble explained that she was ‘leaving Marjon with a heavy heart, having laid the foundations for the development of a future university. I am confident that the University College will now have the tools to gain the national and international platform for recognition that it deserves’.
The University College is an academic institution and a provider of degree level education for 175 years. It is justly proud of its reputation for the training of education professionals and its provisions for would-be sports stars in facilities that are the envy of many of its peers.
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