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City's Honorary Rector joins HEFCE board

The Hon Apurv Bagri also appointed Chair of governing body of London Business School
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The Honorary Rector of City University London, The Hon Apurv Bagri, has been appointed to the board of the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE).

Mr Bagri will join fellow new board member Peter Houillon. Announcing the two appointments David Willetts, Universities and Science Minister, said:

"I am delighted to welcome Peter Houillon and Apurv Bagri to the HEFCE board. The government's higher education reforms have introduced more competition into the sector. In Peter and Apurv we are appointing for the first time members with experience of private sector provision who can represent that voice on the HEFCE board."

Mr Bagri replaces outgoing HEFCE board member Rene Olivieri and his appointment is with effect from 1 March 2014.

City University London's Vice-Chancellor, Professor Sir Paul Curran, welcomed the news: "The wise counsel Apurv provides at City will greatly benefit HEFCE board members during a challenging time for Higher Education."

Mr Bagri is the former Pro-Chancellor and Chair of Council of City University London. He was awarded an honorary doctorate from City in 2006 and is a graduate in Business Administration from Cass Business School, where he is a Visiting Professor.

As Chair of Council he made significant improvements to the University's Governance structure and played a major role in developing the City Vision 2016 and the subsequent Strategic Plan.

Deputy Chairman of London Business School's Governing Body since 2006, Mr Bagri has recently been appointed as the new Chairman, succeeding Sir John Ritblat who stands down on 1 May 2014.

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