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Prof Koen Lamberts is to be new vice-chancellor at University of York
A NEW vice-chancellor has been appointed at the University of York in its 50th anniversary year.
Prof Koen Lamberts is a cognitive psychologist with an extensive track record in experimental and theoretical research on human perception and memory.
He is currently deputy vice-chancellor and provost of Warwick University. He will take up his new post on January 1, 2014, and will succeed the current incumbent, Prof Brian Cantor, who is stepping down after 11 years.
Prof Lamberts said: “I am enormously proud to be chosen to lead this great university.
“In only 50 years, York has forged a reputation in the UK and internationally for its outstanding teaching and world-class research. I look forward to the exciting challenge of making sure that the university continues to make a difference in the world in the years ahead.”
Sir Chris O’Donnell, the chairman of university council, said: “Koen Lamberts is a talented leader with a strong commitment to excellence in learning, research and knowledge transfer. I have no doubt that he will be an outstanding vice-chancellor of the University of York.”
Born in Hasselt, Belgium, Prof Lamberts undertook both his undergraduate and postgraduate studies at the University of Leuven, culminating in the award of his PhD in Psychology in 1992. Married with two teenage children, Prof Lamberts is a keen cyclist.
Prof Lamberts joined Warwick in 1998 and was elected head of its department of psychology in 2000, serving until 2008.
He became chairman of the faculty of science in 2007 and was appointed as pro vice chancellor for research a year later.
He has served on both the council and senate of Warwick over a long period and has general oversight of academic resourcing, capital planning and equality and diversity, among other responsibilities.
He was instrumental in the establishment of Warwick’s Global Research Priorities Programme to promote emerging strategic research areas.
Before moving to Warwick, he was a research associate at the University of Chicago from 1991-1992, and a lecturer, senior lecturer and reader at the University of Birmingham between 1992 and 1998.