Sheffield Hallam University’s Vice Chancellor is to step down next year after nine years at the helm.
Professor Philip Jones, who will be 65 this November, has announced he will retire in spring 2016.
During his time in charge, Hallam has become one the country’s biggest universities, with the fourth largest student population in the UK.
It has also undergone a series a major developments at its two main campuses, including the £30 million Charles Street project and the £27 million Heart of the Campus building at Collegiate Crescent,
Prof Jones said: “When I joined Sheffield Hallam in 2007, I set out my ambition for us to become a ‘top 50 university.’ We are well on the way.
“At that point we were 86th in the Sunday Times league table. We are now 62nd and should climb higher in the coming year.
“Our teaching satisfaction ratings and research quality have also improved.
“This is a big decision, and it’s been hard. I have loved my time at Sheffield Hallam but the time feels right to step down.”
Geoff Dawson, chair of the Board of Governors, said: “Phil’s decision to retire comes at a time when Sheffield Hallam is celebrating strong performances in student recruitment, student satisfaction and research performance.
“His vision and dedication to the university has secured these achievements.”