Leeds Met's name change put on hold as troubled university unveils its new head

LEEDS Metropolitan University's name change to Leeds Carnegie could be scrapped after a decision was deferred until its newly unveiled vice chancellor starts in the post next year.

Professor Susan Price was named as the university's next vice chancellor yesterday following the departure of its controversial former head, Simon Lee, at the turn of the year.

She is the acting vice chancellor at East London University and will start her new job at Leeds Met next January.

It also emerged yesterday that the university's governors have deferred a decision on changing its name until next year.

A university spokeswoman said the name change would be considered again by governors and Prof Price when she takes up her role at Leeds Met.

The university had earlier approved the Leeds Carnegie name and applied for it to be granted by the Privy Council which rules on such changes.

However, a Privy Council spokeswoman said the proposal had been put on hold at the request of the university.

The Carnegie name comes from the Carnegie College of Physical Training set up in 1933 with money from philanthropist Andrew Carnegie to train PE teachers. It became part of Leeds Polytechnic in 1976, which in turn became Leeds Met in 1992.

It became a central part of the university's sporting partnerships with Leeds's rugby sides and Yorkshire County Cricket Club at Headingley.

Leeds Met's chairman of governors Ninian Watt said: "Professor Price has a fantastic record within the sector and we are delighted that she has agreed to become our next vice chancellor.

"She has an excellent academic reputation and expertise in taking organisations through periods of change."

Prof Price said: "I am very pleased and enormously excited at the prospect of joining Leeds Met, a university with a long and proud tradition of successfully widening participation and of delivering excellent learning and teaching enriched by a strong performance in research.

"It is an honour to have been selected to lead this university and I very much look forward to working with colleagues and students to take us forward to still greater achievements."