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Catholic former UEA professor is set to retire

Former University of East Anglia Catholic historian, Professor John Charmley, has announced his retirement as  Provost of St Mary’s University, Twickenham, at the end of the 2020/21 academic year.

Prof Charmley joined St Mary’s University in 2016 from the UEA, as Pro Vice-Chancellor for Academic Strategy, becoming Provost in 2020. During his time at St Mary’s, Prof Charmley led a number of important initiatives, which helped to restructure and modernise the University.

Prof Charmley will continue to support St Mary’s in areas surrounding its Catholic mission, including helping to guide plans for developing the St Mary’s University Press.

Speaking of his retirement Prof Charmley said: “It’s been an exhilarating and exciting journey, and I have worked with some of the best colleagues anyone could want, but with the new Vice-Chancellor firmly established and with Vision 2030 building on our achievements, it is time to yield the field to those who will be able to give themselves fully to its implementation across the next five years. I look forward to continuing to work with Anthony and St Mary’s in areas close to its special charism, and would like to thank all those who have helped me to bring St Mary’s to its current strong position.”

Speaking of the announcement, St Mary’s Chair of the Board of Governors Bishop Richard Moth said: “During his time at St Mary’s, John has brought much energy and enthusiasm to his role, working to develop the academic life of the University. His contribution to the Foundation Programme has been especially welcome, proving a great benefit to many students.”

Prof Charmley was formerly Head of the Interdisciplinary Institute for the Humanities, Associate Dean for Enterprise and Academic Director for Employability at UEA. He also organised the well-known Catholic Newman Lecture Series and is a commentator on matters of history, religion and politics.

Pictured above is Prof John Charmley.