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University of Chester's Vice-Chancellor Set to Retire

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Chester's Vice-Chancellor is due to retire at the end of 2019 after more than two decades at the helm.

Professor Tim Wheeler is one of the UK's longest serving vice-chancellors but is due to step down at the end of the year.

During his tenure, the number of students at the University of Chester has risen from 4,000 to 18,300 and the University now employs around 1,550 staff.

Since 1998 the institution has seen its turnover grow from just £14 million to £128.4 million, with net assets of £81 million, compared to just £4 million 21 years ago.

Professor Wheeler said: "It has been a great privilege and pleasure to lead a team that has achieved so much in a relatively short period of time in establishing the University of Chester in its current form."

Meanwhile, the Rt Rev Dr Peter Forster, President of University Council, said: "On behalf of the Council of the University, I would express our deep appreciation for Professor Wheeler's leadership of the University for over 20 years. It has been a period of very successful development and expansion, which has been a blessing to the many thousands of students who have graduated, and also to the wider communities which the University seeks to serve."