BREAKING NEWS: University vice chancellor steps down

University of Buckingham vice-chancellor Terence Kealey, who is stepping down after 13 years. PNL-141107-170736001
University of Buckingham vice-chancellor Terence Kealey, who is stepping down after 13 years. PNL-141107-170736001

The vice-chancellor of the University of Buckingham has announced he is stepping down.

Professor Terence Kealey is to retire at the end of the current term today, Friday, although he will continue to be involved in the university’s fundraising campaigns.

Professor Kealey has led the university for the past 13 years, during which time it has tripled in size.

Professor Kealey said: “My time at Buckingham has been wonderful and I have been supported by some fabulous colleagues.

“But the university is flourishing so now would be good time to leave, and I have a big research project to complete, namely the work on the economics of science I am pursuing with colleagues at Buckingham and at the Cato Institute in Washington DC, and the effort that requires is not compatible with the demands of a vice chancellorship, so I am slipping from one harness into another.

“The university is like a big family, and the students and alumni are lovely people. I shall miss them from day to day, but of course we will keep in touch.”

Buckingham’s chairman of council, Dr Robert Vanderplank, said: “Those of us who knew the university in 2000 when Professor Kealey was appointed often ask ourselves whether it would even still exist were it not for his tireless and dedicated work.

“Universities these days ask a great deal of their vice-chancellors, not only in day-to-day management, but also by the constant stream of outward-facing activities with donors, friends, potential students, alumni and collaborating institutions. Professor Kealey has been a wonderful champion for the university, enhancing our reputation all over the world. I am sure all members of the university will join me in wishing him a long, happy and fulfilling retirement.”

The deputy vice-chancellor, Professor Alistair Alcock, will act as vice-chancellor at Buckingham until a permanent appointment is made.

Professor Kealey trained in medicine at Bart’s Hospital Medical School, London, and on qualifying he specialised in clinical biochemistry. He studied for his doctorate at Oxford University, where he worked first as a Medical Research Council training fellow and then as a Wellcome senior research fellow in clinical science. After four years in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, he moved to Cambridge University to lecture in the department of clinical biochemistry. He left after 13 years to come to Buckingham.

As a clinical biochemist Professor Kealey researched into human experimental dermatology, studying inflammatory skin scaling and other aspects of human skin cell biology. He published around 45 original peer-reviewed papers and around 35 scientific reviews, also peer-reviewed. He was funded by government, charitable and industrial sources.

He has published two books, The Economic Laws of Scientific Research and Sex, Science and Profits.

His recent paper Modelling Science as a Contribution Good, which he published in Research Policy with his colleague Martin Ricketts, will be the basis of the completion of his research programme.