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UK university leaders staying in the job longer


Hepi report shows average length of vice-chancellor tenure is on the up

The average tenure of a serving UK university vice-chancellor was around five years in 2021—up roughly 15 per cent from its lowest point around a decade beforehand, a Higher Education Policy Institute report has found.

From the late 1970s to 2011, the average tenure of in-post vice-chancellors declined from 6.4 to 4.1 years—a drop of 36 per cent, according to Digging In? The Changing Tenure of UK Vice-Chancellors. However, since then, the average tenure for current university leaders has increased steadily to 5 years in 2021, up from 4.8 years in 2020 and 4.4 years in 2019.

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