PROFESSOR Roderick Watkins has been appointed as the new Vice Chancellor for Anglia Ruskin University.

After filling in as the Vice Chancellor since Professor Iain Martin's departure in October, Roderick Watkins will now permanently fill the position.

The decision was made by Anglia Ruskin's Board of Governors on February 7 and Roderick had his first day in office yesterday, on February 11.

Professor Watkins is a composer whose compositions have been performed and broadcast across Europe.

He was made Deputy Vice Chancellor in 2015, where he led a number of developments which significantly improved the quality of Anglia Ruskin's research, as well as helping to double research income and PHD completions.

As Vice Chancellor, Roderick will have a significant role in progressing the university's education strategy, which aims to encourage social mobility.

This will ensure that an individual's future isn't defined by their postcode, family income or school, but by their potential.

Professor Watkins said: "I am absolutely delighted. Anglia Ruskin is a truly outstanding community of staff, students and partners, with an uncommon sense of purpose and ambition. We have the ability to be a powerful force for change and social good right across the East of England. It’s a great privilege to help shape and focus that energy for the future.”

Dr Jerome Booth, Chair of the Board of Governors of Anglia Ruskin, said: “We have been extremely impressed with the way that Professor Watkins has carried out his duties as Acting Vice Chancellor.

“We are delighted that he has agreed to take on the role permanently. As an internal appointment, Professor Watkins has already played a significant role in shaping Anglia Ruskin’s strategy for the future, and he will now have the opportunity to lead its delivery and ensure Anglia Ruskin continues to thrive.”