The President of University College Dublin has announced that he will step down from the role next April to take up a position as Vice-Chancellor at Murdoch University in Perth, Western Australia.

In a letter to staff at the university, Andrew Deeks said that Professor Mark Rogers, Deputy President and Registrar, will become Acting President on his departure, and will hold that role until the Governing Authority appoints the next President.

Professor Deeks, who is from Perth, said he had "greatly enjoyed" his time at UCD, "despite the various challenges Irish Universities have faced over these eight years".

He said: "my ten-year term as President is rapidly coming to an end, and the opportunity to return to my hometown to lead a university which is well-positioned to thrive in this time of disruption and opportunity, a time where the need to build a sustainable global society is increasingly recognised was one I could not pass up."