Vice-Chancellor of the University of Leicester elected onto board of European University Association

7 April 2017

Professor Paul Boyle, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Leicester, has been elected onto the board of the European University Association (EUA). The result was announced at the EUA's annual conference taking place this week in Bergen (Norway).

Professor Boyle said: “I'm pleased to have been elected onto the EUA's board. The EUA plays a vital role representing universities across 47 countries.
“It is more important than ever that we build on the strong university networks and links we have with European partners. It highlights also how keen our European colleagues are to continue collaborating with the UK's higher education sector. Continued research collaboration with European partners is vitally important due to the quality and impact of this work.
“The EUA also has a vital role to play in protecting university independence, academic freedom and free speech.”

  1. For more information on the EUA vote and for a full list of new board members, please see the EUA announcement
  2. Professor Boyle is a member of the Universities UK board and Chair-elect of Universities UK's Research Policy Network
  3. In relation to university autonomy and academic freedom, the EUA issued a statement (6 April) from its annual conference condemning the recently-passed legislation in Hungary that could force the closure of the Central European University (CEU)

Key Contacts

Steven Jefferies

Steven Jefferies

Head of Media
Universities UK

Eloise Phillips

Eloise Phillips

Media Officer
Universities UK

Clara Plackett

Clara Plackett

Senior Media Officer
Universities UK


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