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Two New US Higher Education Roles for University of Warwick’s Vice-Chancellor

The University of Warwick’s Vice-Chancellor, Professor Nigel Thrift, has been asked to join two significant international bodies looking at very different aspects of US participation in Higher Education.

Firstly he has been asked to join the American Council on Education’s Blue Ribbon Panel on Global engagement which will look at US Universities response to the increasingly globalised landscape of higher education.

Secondly he has been appointed as a Marshall Aid Commemoration Commission Commissioner by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO).  The Marshall Aid Commemoration Commission is responsible for overseeing the British Marshall Scholarships programme, which was established in 1953 by an Act of Parliament.

The scholarship programme enables talented, young American postgraduate students to study at a UK institution and to develop an understanding and appreciation of the UK. Up to forty new scholars are selected each year. The scholars are identified as potential future leaders in the United States and as alumni they make an important contribution to the UK-US bilateral relationship. Professor Thrift started his three year appointment on 1 August 2010. Commissioners serve for a term of three years, with the possibility of re-appointment for a second term. The appointment is unpaid.

The other FCO appointed Commissioners are Professor Richard Dendy, Joint Director of Warwick's Centre for Fusion, Space and Astrophysics, Honorary Professor of Physics at Warwick and Head of Theoretical Physics, UK Atomic Energy Authority; Dr Ruth Kosmin, former Head of European Economics, H M Treasury and Professor Eric Thomas, Vice-Chancellor, University of Bristol.

For further information please contact: 

Peter Dunn, Head of Communications
Communications Office, University House,
University of Warwick, Coventry, CV4 8UW, United Kingdom   
Tel: +44 (0)24 76 523708  Mobile/Cell:  +44 (0)7767 655860

Pr93  1st September 2010