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Jisc has appointed Paul Boyle as the new chair. Boyle will start an induction programme at Jisc from January 2021 before fully taking the reins as chair in mid-May 2021. He succeeds David Maguire, interim principal and vice-chancellor at the University of Dundee, who has helped steer Jisc through a period of great change during his six-year tenure.

With a strong background in social science and research, Boyle has been vice-chancellor (VC) at Swansea since 2019 and prior to this was president and VC of the University of Leicester. Previously, Boyle was chief executive of the Economic and Social Research Council, the international champion of Research Councils UK, and president of Science Europe.

Three new trustees are also serving on the Jisc board. They are Joanna Campbell, Dr David Pilsbury, and Anthony Forster.

Campbell spent 22 years as a computing lecturer before moving into management roles. She has particular interest in curriculum innovation, widening access, change management and performance excellence.

Pilsbury brings his knowledge of transnational learning to Jisc. Previously, he was chief executive of the Worldwide Universities Network and head of research policy at the now defunct Higher Education Funding Council for England.

Forster is a political scientist and author of 11 books. He is an elected academician of the Academy of the Social Sciences and, between 1999 and 2002, was the special advisor to the House of Lords select committee on the European Union common foreign and security policy.

Divyata Ashiya, who has held senior roles at Goldman Sachs asset management, will take up a position on the Jisc finance and treasury committee, following a successful recruitment process conducted in partnership with Nurole.

Dr Matthew Andrews, university secretary and registrar at the University of Gloucestershire, has been appointed to the audit and risk management committee.

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