Message from the University Secretary


Professor David Maguire is to retire as Vice-Chancellor of the University of Greenwich at the end of 2019.

After eight successful years as Vice-Chancellor, Professor David Maguire has indicated his wish to retire at the end of 2019. 

Over the past several years, the Higher Education sector has undergone profound changes, which the university has been able to navigate successfully. During David's tenure, there have been significant increases in the university's entry standards, degree outcomes and graduate employment levels, which underpinned the award of a TEF Silver rating and higher standings in university league tables. The excellence in widening student access has continued whilst maintaining good levels of student registrations. The volume of research output has more than doubled and several major prizes have been awarded which demonstrate the quality of the University of Greenwich's work.

David has overseen the development of the Stockwell Street library and academic building, the Daniel Defoe Halls of Residence, Avery Hill sports facilities, the Medway student hub and, most recently, the Dreadnought student hub and academic facility. A new international foundation college was opened in 2018 in Greenwich. 

Professor Maguire says: "It has been a privilege to serve the university as Vice-Chancellor, and I wish to thank sincerely the Governing Body for the trust that they have shown in me, and all the staff, students and stakeholders that have supported me so well."

Marianne Ismail, Chair of the Governing Body says: "On behalf of the Governing Body, we would like to take the opportunity to thank David for all his hard work over the last eight years. We truly appreciate the dedication and commitment he has shown in the development of the University of Greenwich. David has also made a significant contribution to the higher education sector, including acting as the chair of Jisc, the sector's digital agency".

The University will now begin the search for a new Vice-Chancellor to build on the success of Professor Maguire's tenure and continue our ambition of Making Greenwich Great.