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University appoints new Director of Libraries

Philip Kent

Press release issued: 8 November 2017

The University has appointed Philip Kent as its new Director of Libraries to lead the University Library in its development as part of the new Strategic Plan.

Philip has considerable experience in the Higher Education and Research sectors. He will lead the development of the new University Library in line with plans to develop a highly visible, coherent and welcoming heart at our main campus.

Philip has 30 years of experience in libraries and cultural collections, most recently as University Librarian and Executive Director of Collections at the University of Melbourne, one of Australia’s leading research-intensive universities. He rejuvenated the library to support the university’s teaching, research and engagement missions and brought a new focus to partnering research and the exposure of rich cultural collections.

Prior to Melbourne, he was the University Librarian at Victoria University and held several senior library and information roles at CSIRO, Australia’s national science agency.

Lynn Robinson, Deputy Registrar at Bristol, said: ‘I am delighted to welcome Philip at this exciting time in the University’s transformation. We want to build on recent advances within the Library to enhance the quality of our learning environment and student experience. Philip’s depth of experience and leadership of change will help position the Library as a vital ingredient to our success.'

Philip said: 'I am excited to join Bristol, a university known for its strong research and innovation focus. The University is an anchor institution in a vibrant city and the opportunity to lead the Library team in creating a landmark building is a great privilege'.

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