Prof Sir Martin Harris, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Manchester since 1992, has been appointed Honorary President of the National Postgraduate Committee. The NPC's Ordinary General Meeting in Worcester on 3 November 2001 unanimously approved his appointment. Prof Harris will serve until the NPC's 2004 AGM.
Prof Harris said:
"I'm delighted to be honoured in this way. Graduate students are central to the very purpose of our universities and I will do all I can to further their cause."
Martin Harris is perhaps best known for chairing the group which produced the groundbreaking Review of Postgraduate Education for HEFCE in 1996 (the Harris Report). He chaired the Committee of Vice-Chancellors and Principals (now Universities UK) between 1997 and 1999, and in 2000 led a review into higher education careers services for the DfEE (now DfES), the report of which is available here.
Martin Harris is only the second Honorary President of the NPC; his predecessor was Baroness Nancy Seear, who served from the NPC's inception until she passed away in 1997.