THE head of Durham University is hanging up his gown.
Professor Chris Higgins, vice-chancellor and Warden of Durham University, will be leaving at the end of the academic year.
The professor, who has been in the post for seven years, has decided the time is right to step down.
Announcing the news, Robert Gillespie, chairman of Durham University Council, said: “Professor Chris Higgins informed me some months ago of his desire to retire from his role as vice-chancellor and Warden of Durham University, not later than his 60th birthday in June 2015. Durham University is today, an exceptionally-highly regarded institution.
“The current cadre of students, both undergraduate and postgraduate, are academically gifted, competition for places is high and our National Student Survey scores are improving.
“Chris will leave the university in a great order for his successor.”
Professor Higgins will retire at the end of the academic year and the search for his successor has now begun.