28 February 2013

University think-tank million+ announces new leader

The university think tank, million+, announces its new Chair, Professor Michael Gunn, Vice Chancellor of Staffordshire University.

Professor Gunn said:

“I am honoured to have been elected as Chair of the university think-tank million+.

“Its unique focus on the wider interests of students, the economy and society is one that I wholeheartedly endorse.

“Britain needs new ideas and markets to revitalise our regions and meet the challenges of the modern world. This will require politicians and university leaders to have the vision to invest in the talent of our students and graduates and the imagination to rethink research and innovation funding to exploit fully the potential of all universities.

“The opportunity to study at university is also about the search for a more just and equal society. I am determined that this remains on the agenda.”

Professor Michael Driscoll, Vice-Chancellor of Middlesex University and Acting Chair of million+ said:

“I am delighted that Michael Gunn is to take over as Chair of million+. He will provide the necessary leadership and conviction, and make the case for the investment in higher education which students, universities and the economy need.”


Notes for editors:
1. million+ is a leading university think-tank, promoting evidence and research to inform higher education policy and funding www.millionplus.ac.uk. For more information please contact Jean Candler, Head of Public Affairs on 020 7717 1659 or out of hours 07900 277 819.

2. A law graduate, Professor Gunn worked initially in the NHS before being appointed lecturer in Law at the University of Nottingham, later moving to Westminster Law School and from there to a research professorship in mental health law at De Montfort University. He was Dean of Nottingham Trent Law School and Pro Vice Chancellor at Derby University with a range of leadership responsibilities including research and scholarship and further education prior to his appointment as Vice-Chancellor of Staffordshire University in 2011. Professor Michael Gunn retains a research interest in mental health law and in the law of decision-making capacity through his membership of a research group based in the Developmental Psychiatry Section at the University of Cambridge.

3. Staffordshire University has 28,000 students from a wide range of backgrounds studying in the UK and overseas, with campuses in Stafford and Stoke-on-Trent. The University provides an extensive range of courses at foundation, certificate, diploma, degree and postgraduate level in its four faculties of arts and creative technologies, business, education and law, computing, engineering and sciences and health, psychology and sports sciences. The University hosts 10 research centres, developing new products in a range of markets from medical technology to recycling.