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Grant Guilford given second term as VUW’s Vice-Chancellor


News from VUW
Professor Grant Guilford has been reappointed for a second term as Vice-Chancellor of Victoria University of Wellington. Chancellor Neil Paviour-Smith says the University Council is delighted that Professor Guilford will continue to lead the University and implement its ambitious strategic plan.

He says Professor Guilford brings the ideal mix of leadership, experience and knowledge to continue the University’s focus on providing New Zealand’s best student experience and enhancing its standing as New Zealand’s first-ranked university for research quality.

Professor Guilford’s current appointment extends through to the end of February 2019 and Mr Paviour-Smith says the early announcement of a reappointment is testament to the Council’s confidence in the Vice-Chancellor.

Professor Guilford says it is a privilege to lead an institution of the calibre of Victoria University of Wellington and he is looking forward to the challenges that lie ahead.

“The University is well on its way to becoming one of the world’s great universities. At the heart of this success is our position as New Zealand’s globally ranked capital city university.

“Being an integral part of a globally minded capital provides an opportunity to enrich national culture, lead thinking on major societal issues and contribute to the resolution of global challenges. This perspective reinforces our close relationship with Wellington—a relationship we are determined to build upon over the coming years.”

Professor Guilford has been reappointed Vice-Chancellor until the end of 2022.


  1. Citizen Joe, 30. August 2018, 20:17

    That’s it then! Poor old Victoria will be ‘put down’ by veterinary scientist Grant Guildford in his second term as Vice Chancellor at soon to be ‘re-branded and re-launched ‘Wellington University’.

  2. Harry M, 31. August 2018, 8:14

    No Joe it’s just a re-branding of a business. A name change for the uni’s target market which is all the foreign students. Victoria is now associated with ” Victoria” the TV series, uncool and out of date.

  3. Cecil Roads, 31. August 2018, 8:51

    I wonder what VUW’s History Department makes of the expunging of colonial ‘legacy’?

  4. Tony Jansen, 3. September 2018, 12:06

    I think Victoria the TV series is actually really good (albeit revisionist history). Those who forget history are doomed to repeat it. I think “Vic” would be better off with a History professor as VC. Mr Guilford might be an academic, but an intellectual he is not.