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Birmingham figurehead Jefferies moves to Manchester School of Architecture

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Tom Jefferies, the head of Birmingham’s School of Architecture, has left after two-and-a-half years to become the new figurehead at the Manchester School of Architecture

The move effectively marks a homecoming for Jefferies, previously a senior lecturer at the Manchester School of Architecture, who moved to Birmingham City University in the summer of 2008.

Jefferies, who started his new jon on Monday (10 Janaury) said he had been approached by Manchester Metropolitan University and that he had been keen to take up the university’s offer.

He said: ‘Opportunities to take up headships don’t come along every day and Manchester has a phenomenal amount of potential.

‘My key vision for the school is for it to act as a city laboratory, testing the possibilities of sustainable urban space and well-being.’

In 2004, the University of Central England [the former name for Birmingham City University] hit the headlines for posting a 93 per cent failure rate. Jefferies believes the school is now in a much stronger position.

‘We’ve achieved an awful lot at Birmingham and we have moved a great distance in the time I have been there. Above all I hope whoever comes in is good, listens and takes appropriate decisions.’

Following his departure, Hannah Vowles will take over as acting head of at the Birmingham School with Kevin Singh as acting deputy.

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  • Mr Jefferies will be sorely missed, everyone enjoyed his lectures; I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at BCU so far!

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