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Presidency hand-over

10 November 2017 VU Amsterdam president Jaap Winter hands over Aurora leadership to UEA vice chancellor David Richardson.

10 November 2017 The Vice-Chancellor of the University of East Anglia has been announced as the next President of the Aurora network of European universities at its conference in Norwich.
Professor David Richardson succeeds founding Aurora President Professor Jaap Winter.

Norwich has been hosting a three day conference for around 150 delegates from across Europe as the Aurora network of universities has met at the University of East Anglia (UEA) and across the wider Norwich Research Park.

The Aurora network involves nine European universities with similar philosophies and a shared mission to make a real difference to society. The nine institutions are: Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (Netherlands), Université Grenoble-Alpes (France), University of Aberdeen (Scotland), University of Antwerp (Belgium), University of Bergen (Norway), University of Duisberg-Essen (Germany), University of East Anglia (England), University of Gothenburg (Sweden) and the University of Iceland.

UEA Vice-Chancellor Professor David Richardson, said: “I am privileged and proud to be the next President of Aurora and I would like to pay tribute to the excellent work our founding President Jaap Winter has done getting us to this point. The challenge now is for Aurora universities to get to understand each other even better, celebrate the fact we are dedicated to difference and work together in a focused way on finding solutions to some of the problems our world needs to solve.”

Outgoing President of Aurora, Professor Jaap Winter, said: “It has been an honour to lead the Aurora network in its first year. The co-operation in our network has been truly stimulating and I am convinced that the Aurora universities together will make a profound contribution to our societies. I am delighted that David Richardson is willing to lead the Aurora network into the next phase.”

UEA Students’ Union Campaigns and Democracy Officer Jack Robinson said: ”This is an excellent opportunity for student-led projects and collaboration on really key issues like social mobility, citizenship and sustainability. It is really important that UEA works with partners to tackle those overarching barriers and to spot and take emerging opportunities in this current climate and we’re pleased that our VC has been selected to be at the forefront of this work.”

Aurora universities are working on areas where the network can add real value to important societal challenges such as sustainability, diversity, digital technology and society, student experience and innovation in teaching and learning, and transformations in a globalising society.

Delegates to the Aurora bi-annual conference in Norwich have also enjoyed a reception at Norwich Castle, a conference dinner at the Great Hospital, tours of the city centre, and of the UEA campus/Norwich Research Park.

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