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Dr Peter Bonfield named as the next Vice-Chancellor and President of the University of Westminster

8 March 2018

Dr Peter Bonfield

Dr Peter Bonfield OBE FREng, currently Chief Executive of the BRE Group, has been announced as the next Vice-Chancellor and President of the University.

Stephen Hart, Chair of the Court of Governors of the University said: “We are delighted to be welcoming Peter Bonfield as the new Vice-Chancellor. We are at a very exciting point in our development as an institution and he will bring an outstanding combination of academic, commercial and organisational skills, and experience to take us forward with our new strategy. His commitment to the HE sector is clear from his experience and the breadth of his work will be invaluable to Westminster as we develop ever stronger links with a wide range of employers and other stakeholders.” 

Dr Peter Bonfield, said: “I am very excited to be joining the University of Westminster at this important time. I have worked closely with universities throughout my career, and leading an institution with such a distinguished history and focussed mission has been a lifetime ambition. 

“The University has a number of tremendous assets and advantages that distinguish it from the crowd. Its location, brand, polytechnic and university history, employability focus, cross disciplinary coverage, teaching emphasis, research and diversity are just some of its distinctive characteristics. 

“With a growing emphasis on innovative teaching and excellence in the student experience, I am looking forward to leading the University and repositioning it as a world-class, student centred, employer-informed institution that plays a leading role in preparing individuals for a lifetime of growth and professional opportunity across the world.”

As CEO of the BRE Group, Peter has positioned the company as an international leader in building research, including forging a number of high profile research and teaching partnerships with global universities, and ensuring that the organisation operates on a sustainable business model independent of government funding.

He has also worked across many government departments as a non-executive and expert on a wide range of briefs. He has chaired four independent reviews for the Government, on Forests and Woodlands, Public Sector Food Procurement, Property Flood Resilience, and Energy Efficiency and Renewable Technologies. He is currently a member of the Grenfell Advisory Panel, and a Non-Executive Director for the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. He is Deputy President of the Institution of Engineering and Technology and has a number of Board positions including the Board of UK Active and the Board of the AIRTO, the Association for Innovation, Research and Technology Organisations.

Peter will take up his new role in the summer.

About the University of Westminster:

The University of Westminster boasts a vibrant learning environment attracting more than 20,000 students from over 150 nations and we continue to invest in our future with new developments, research projects and new ideas.

We offer highly attractive practice-based courses that are independently rated as excellent, many with international recognition. Our distinguished 180-year history has meant we lead the way in many areas of research, particularly politics, media, art and design, architecture and biomedical sciences, and our position in the city of London allows us to continue to build on our close connections with leading figures and organisations in these areas as well as in the worlds of business, information technology, politics and law.

Our commitment to educating graduates for the needs of professional life attracts high quality students from within the UK and around the globe.

Internationalisation, employability and sustainability are key elements in the University of Westminster’s vision for the future and we strive to ensure the very highest standards are met and maintained.

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