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University announces new Registrar

Posted on 3 June 2003

Sally Neocosmos is to be the University of York's next Registrar. She will take up her appointment in October 2003, following the retirement of the current Registrar David Foster.

Sally Neocosmos is currently Chief Executive Officer of the Higher Education Staff Development Agency (HESDA) in Sheffield. Her previous appointments include those of Secretary at Sheffield Hallam University, and two secondments - one to the Department for Education and Skills, and one to the National Advisory Body for Public Sector Higher Education.

As Registrar, Ms Neocosmos will oversee the academic life of the University with an overall responsibility for implementing University policy. Her staff will include those who manage student recruitment, registration, examinations, graduation, welfare, the careers service and University governance, as well as staff development, personnel, academic planning and communications.

"The job of Registrar and Secretary is a wide-ranging and demanding one," said Professor Brian Cantor, Vice-Chancellor. "In Sally we have found someone with many years of experience of senior management in the higher education sector, and a track record of effective decision making and sound judgement."

"Opportunities like these are rare," said Sally Neocosmos, "and I am delighted to have the chance to contribute to developing the University of York at a time of significant change in higher education."

Notes to editors:

  • Sally Neocosmos is a Member of the ILT (Institute for Learning and Teaching) Council and a Member of HEFCE's Advisory Group on Human Resource Strategies.
  • Her international experience includes an advisory visit to Ukrainian universities as part of a British delegation, a study visit to French universities, and contributions to developing higher education policy in South Africa since the mid 1990s.
  • Sally Neocosmos has also worked at Wolverhampton and Huddersfield Polytechnics (now both universities) as Deputy Academic Registrar and Assistant Academic Registrar respectively. She began her career in higher education at the City of London Polytechnic.
  • David Foster joined the University of York in 1965 and became Registrar in 1986. York's academic achievements in these years have included its attainment of the highest score for teaching quality in UK universities and its position in the research elite.