Birmingham City University Vice-Chancellor, Professor Cliff Allan, has announced that he is quitting with immediate effect for personal reasons.
Professor Allan has been heading up the university since late 2012.
In an email to all staff, the university announced:
“Professor Cliff Allan has announced today that he is stepping aside from his role as Vice-Chancellor, citing personal reasons for his decision.
“Professor Graham Henderson, former Vice-Chancellor of Teesside University and currently an independent member of our Board of Governors, has agreed to take over as Acting Vice-Chancellor in the immediate term.”
We reached out to Professor Henderson but he was unavailable for comment.
Since taking up the reins in December 2012, Professor Allan has overseen the transformation of Birmingham City University and its surroundings in Eastside into a hub for education, creativity and technological excellence.
He has led the plans for an expanded City Centre Campus, including the extension of the Curzon Building into an impressive multi media facility housing some 3,000 students and staff, and overseen exciting plans to create Birmingham Conservatoire.
During the same period the university has fallen down the national rankings, as listed in the Complete University Guide. This year it has fallen to 95th, from a previous high in 2012 of 66th.
A spokesman for the HEFCE (Higher Education Funding Council for England), which funds and regulates universities and colleges in England, said the council had been informed about Prof Allan’s sudden departure.
He added: “A university is required to inform us of a prolonged absence from work or a sudden departure of the accountable officer, normally a vice chancellor. We were informed of this issue by BCU.”