Professor Bob Cryan CBE
University of Huddersfield
He became vice-chancellor at the University of Huddersfield in 2007. Since then the institution has undergone a transformative journey. Under his leadership, activity is focused around three key objectives: that the university should be Inspiring, Innovative and International in all that it does.
It is the first UK university where all teaching staff are Fellows of the Higher Education Academy – the professional standard in higher education.
Bob believes that universities’ links with industry are crucial to success. He says “We have transformed our engagement with industry and created a 3M Innovation Centre, and have also established The Duke of York Centre for Young Entrepreneurs and introduced an annual award scheme to help encourage young entrepreneurs from across the region.”
Recognition has come in the shape of many awards including: University of the Year, Entrepreneurial University of the Year, a Queen’s Award for Enterprise: International Trade, and a Queen’s Anniversary Prize. Bob was made a CBE in 2014 for services to higher education.
Bob is active within the Leeds City Region Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP). This commitment is driven by his belief that a vibrant economy is one where business takes responsibility for the wellbeing of its own patch.
“The transformation that the business-led LEP is making shows what a great public-private sector partnership can accomplish. It benefits from both skill sets to give regional confidence and economic prosperity.”