Sir Howard Bernstein will join the University of Manchester this month as an advisor on “government interactions” and has accepted an honorary professorship in politics, following his retirement on Friday as chief executive of Manchester City Council.
A statement issued by the university on Monday morning said: “Bernstein will also become a part-time advisor to the University on government interactions, healthcare delivery, devolution, culture and international links, along with continuing as chair of the Manchester Academic Health Science Centre.
Prof Dame Nancy Rothwell, president and vice-chancellor of the university, said: “We are delighted Sir Howard Bernstein will join The University of Manchester. He will bring a wealth of knowledge and experience that will greatly benefit our students and staff as we realise our ambitious Manchester 2020 goals of being one of the world’s leading universities, and strive to bring further investment into our city and region.”
Bernstein was instrumental in securing government funding for the graphene research and development centres proposed by the university during his council tenure.
The university said there were currently no plans for Bernstein to give public lectures.
Commenting on his appointment, Bernstein said: “During my time as council chief executive, I have witnessed the university establish Manchester as a world-leading home for research and academic excellence, resulting in significant social, cultural and economic benefits to Greater Manchester. It gives me great pride to be joining the university, and I’m excited about sharing my insights and experiences, along with supporting the Manchester 2020 strategic plan.”