Professor Chris Husbands, director of the Institute of Education, University College London, has been appointed as the new vice-chancellor of Sheffield Hallam University.
Professor Husbands will take up the post in January 2016 when the current vice-chancellor Professor Philip Jones retires.
Professor Husbands has been at the Institute of Education for eight years and oversaw its merger with UCL last year.
The merger made UCL the largest postgraduate institution in the UK with 19,000 postgraduate students.
Geoff Dawson, chair of the board of governors at Sheffield Hallam, said: “Professor Husbands’ appointment comes at an exciting time for our university as we look to the future. His excellent experience of academic and institutional leadership will help us shape a strong future for Sheffield Hallam and all those who benefit from our work.”
Professor Husbands said: “I am delighted to have been appointed to lead Sheffield Hallam: it is a university which has achieved striking success in recent years, with exciting prospects for the future.”
Professor Husbands did a degree in history and a doctorate in geography at the University of Cambridge. He qualified as a teacher in London and taught in Norwich and Hertfordshire.
He has also been director of the Institute of Education at the University of Warwick, professor of research in education and dean of the school of education and lifelong learning at the University of East Anglia.