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Queen's University vice-chancellor Peter Gregson to leave job

Professor Peter Gregson
Image caption Professor Sir Peter Gregson will leave Queen's University Belfast this summer.

The vice-chancellor of Queen's University Belfast, Professor Sir Peter Gregson, will leave his job this summer to take up a new post at a university in Bedford.

Sir Peter took up the post of vice chancellor of Queen's in 2004.

During this time the university entered the Russell Group of leading UK universities in 2006.

The professor was awarded a knighthood for services to higher education in 2011.

He will take up his new post at Cranfield University on 1 August.

Speaking of his time at Queen's, Mr Gregson said: "I have derived enormous pleasure from working with so many talented, committed and exceptional colleagues across the university, including our students, staff and members of the governing body.

"Queen's is a powerhouse of learning and enterprise, an exceptional university with a distinguished heritage," he said.

"At Queen's, we have the privilege of serving the people of Northern Ireland in so many ways - through our contributions to culture as reflected in the Seamus Heaney Centre for Poetry; to healthcare through the award-winning Centre for Cancer Research; and to economic development through our new portal for business at Riddel Hall."

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