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Belgian to be new vice-chancellor at University of York

Date: 
21 March 2013

Koen LambertsThe University of York has appointed Warwick’s Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Provost, Professor Koen Lamberts, as its new Vice-Chancellor. He will take up his new post at York on 1 January 2014.

Koen Lamberts is a cognitive psychologist with an extensive track record in experimental and theoretical research on human perception and memory.

Born in Hasselt, Professor Lamberts undertook both his undergraduate and postgraduate studies at the University of Leuven, culminating in the award of his PhD in Psychology in 1992.

Before moving to Warwick, he was a research associate at the University of Chicago from 1991-1992, and a lecturer, senior lecturer and reader at the University of Birmingham between 1992 and 1998. Lamberts joined Warwick in 1998 and was elected head of its department of psychology in 2000, serving until 2008. He became chairman of the faculty of science in 2007 and was appointed as pro vice chancellor for research a year later.

During his time at Warwick he has been actively involved in academic resourcing, capital planning and equality and diversity. He has been instrumental in the establishment of Warwick’s Global Research Priorities Programme to promote emerging strategic research areas.

Professor Lamberts commented: “Warwick and York have both forged global reputations for their teaching and research in less than 50 years. I have been privileged to spend 15 of those years at Warwick with many talented colleagues and friends and that is a fabulous foundation for my new role at York."