26th May 2000




The University of Lincolnshire & Humberside has revealed the name of its new Vice Chancellor.


Professor David Chiddick, who is presently a Pro Vice Chancellor at De Montfort University, will take over the reins at ULH in October 2000.


Professor Chiddick will succeed the current Vice Chancellor, Professor Roger King, who is to retire after 12 years in charge of the University of Lincolnshire & Humberside.


Professor King will continue to work for the university as a specialist consultant to the Board of Governors from October 2000 until the end of March 2001.


“I am delighted to have been chosen as the next Vice Chancellor of ULH,” said Professor Chiddick (51), who has been a Pro Vice Chancellor at DMU since 1992.


“Professor King will be a hard act to follow, but I am looking forward to the challenge and believe that the university is well equipped to develop its regional, national and international standing. I am confident that the University of Lincolnshire & Humberside will soon be seen as a university of distinction and quality.”


Christopher Oughtred, Chairman of the Governors of the University of Lincolnshire & Humberside, said that Professor Chiddick was just what the university was looking for. “He is an outstanding candidate with a proven track record in higher education, and we are extremely pleased to have secured his services.”


Mr Oughtred added: “Professor Chiddick has the necessary breadth of skills to firmly establish the university with an excellent academic reputation.”


He also paid tribute to the achievements of Professor King (54), who has guided the university through a decade of considerable change. “Professor King has achieved unparalleled success in developing a new UK university, much of that success resulting from his own drive and vision,” he said.


Professor Chiddick will be available for interview and photographs from Tuesday 30th May 2000.  A photograph is available by email on request. To make interview or photographic arrangements, or for further information, please contact:


Jez Ashberry, Press and Media Relations Manager

University of Lincolnshire & Humberside (tel: 01522 886042)

Professor David Chiddick



Present post:     Pro Vice Chancellor, De Montfort University


Age:                 51                                            Date of birth:    26/10/48


Education:        Polytechnic of Central London

                        RICS (Planning and Development)                                1972


                        Cranfield Institute of Technology

                        MSc (Transport Studies)                                              1973


Career:             London Borough of Ealing

                        Surveying Assistant                                                       1972


                        Hertfordshire County Planning Department       

Appointed Senior Planning Officer                                1975


Leicester Polytechnic

Principal Lecturer (Planning/Development)                    1979 - 81

Head of School of Land & Building Studies                   1981 - 7

Professor of Land Economy                                          1985 - date

Dean of Faculty of Technology & Construction 1985 - 7

                        Assistant, then Deputy Director                         1987 - 92

                        Pro Vice Chancellor                                                     1992 - date


Responsible for the regional agenda and line management of all the ex-Leicester campuses and for the Faculties of Applied Sciences and Health and Community Studies. Line management for Information Systems and Services, Estates and Facilities.


Executive responsibility for the strategic, academic and resource restructuring of Art and Design in Lincolnshire. Initiated and leading a fundamental academic and resource review for the School of Agriculture in Lincolnshire.


Since 1989 has led De Montfort University’s physical development strategy.


Presently leading a number of innovations in teaching and learning, including initiator and lead in the development of an HE Life-Long Learning Centre in partnership with the Open University.


Personal:          Married with three children- two adults, one 13 years old


Lives:               Bushby, Leicester