Professor Joy Carter, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Winchester, has been announced as the new Chair of GuildHE.

Professor John Last, Vice-Chancellor of Norwich University of the Arts was elected as Vice-Chair.

“I am delighted to be appointed as the new Chair of GuildHE. It is more important than ever to make sure that smaller, specialist, higher education institutions have a voice within the sector,” commented Professor Carter.

As well as being the new Chair of GuildHE, Professor Carter is also Chair of the Cathedrals Group of Universities and a Board Member and Director of Universities UK. Other national roles include Chair of the University Vocational Awards Council (UVAC), and Board Member of both the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA) and the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS). She is also a member of the HEFCE Leadership, Governance and Management Strategic Advisory Committee, and a member of the Ministerial Advisory Group on FE & Skills.

Professor Carter was appointed as Vice-Chancellor at the University of Winchester in April 2006. Prior to joining Winchester, Professor Carter was Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Academic) at the University of Glamorgan. She also worked as Dean of Science (1999-2002) and Professor of Environmental Geochemistry and Health at the University of Derby, and Reader in Environmental Geochemistry and Health at the University of Reading.

Professor Carter will take over as Chair of GuildHE when Professor Ruth Farwell’s term as Chair ends in November 2013.
Professor Farwell, Vice-Chancellor of Buckinghamshire New University, welcomed the appointment. Professor Farwell has served as Chair for two terms, since August 2009.
She said: “Joy will make an excellent Chair of GuildHE.
“I know that Joy shares the values of GuildHE members as specialist, student-focused, high-quality teaching institutions with an important contribution to the sector.
“I wish Joy well in working with Andy Westwood and the team to take forward GuildHE’s objectives, and would also add the pleasure I have taken from the role, which has been two-fold in the insight I have been able to provide in the sector and also use for the benefit of Bucks New University.”

Andy Westwood, Chief Executive Officer of GuildHE, said:
“I’m sure all GuildHE members will join me in welcoming Joy as the next Chair of GuildHE. She has already contributed much in her role as Vice-Chair, and her knowledge of the sector and leadership experience will stand GuildHE in good stead for the future.”


Notes to editors:
1. GuildHE is one of the two recognised representative bodies for higher education in the UK. It was founded in 1967 as the Standing Conference of Principals, registered as a company in 1992 and became GuildHE in 2006.

2. The University of Winchester has over 6,400 students studying a wide selection of courses ranging from Foundation degrees, Bachelor Honours degrees through to professional development, postgraduate Masters and Research degrees. Programmes of study span the arts, humanities, social sciences, business, education, health and social care.

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The University of Winchester press office can be contacted by calling 01962 827678 or by emailing . For media queries to GuildHE please call 020 3393 6132 or email .



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