Newcastle University Students' Association responds to Vice-Chancellor Caroline McMillen's retirement announcement

Outgoing: University of Newcastle Vice-Chancellor Professor Caroline McMillen will step down next October, a year before her contract ends.
Outgoing: University of Newcastle Vice-Chancellor Professor Caroline McMillen will step down next October, a year before her contract ends.

The University of Newcastle’s student union says it’s “disappointed” that Vice-Chancellor Caroline McMillen will resign from her post 12 months early.

Professor McMillen announced on Tuesday that she would finish as Vice-Chancellor – the position she has held since 2011 – next October.

In a statement on behalf of Newcastle University Students’ Association, vice president Christy Mullen said the student union was “disappointed” to hear that Professor McMillen planned to finish before the end of her contract.

“We wish her well in her retirement and send our appreciations for the various improvements she has overseen within the university environment,” Ms Mullen said. 

“The university still has a long way to go with improvements for students and we will continue to hold the current and incoming Vice-Chancellor and the rest of the university accountable.”

When speaking about her decision to stand down early this week, Professor McMillen said she felt the time was right to finish at the end of 2018.

“I look forward to continuing to work with the Chancellor, the council, leaders and staff across the university over the next 12 months to deliver the strategies that will transform the future of the regions we serve,” she said on Tuesday.

The search for her successor is expected to begin in the new year, with plans for an appointment to be made by mid 2018.