Vice-Chancellor news

Recognition of Service Awards

Posted on 28 October 2014 by Colin Riordan

I very much enjoyed hosting the University’s annual Recognition of Service Awards in the Hadyn Ellis Building. The event is a celebration for members of staff who have worked at the University for 25 or 40 years. It gives the University a chance to say thank you to all these individuals for their long service,
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British Council Roundtable

Posted on 27 October 2014 by Colin Riordan

As Chair of the UK HE International Unit I was invited to present to a British Council Roundtable discussion at the Royal Society.The discussion was on strengthening collaboration with higher education institutions in Germany. Why would we wish to do this? Well, besides being our biggest trading partner, Germany is also the country with which
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Stonewall Cymru Workplace Conference

Posted on 24 October 2014 by Colin Riordan

This morning I spoke at the Stonewall Cymru Workplace Conference as part of the opening plenary panel alongside Ruth Hunt, Chief Executive of Stonewall, Dame Rosemary Butler AM, Presiding Officer, National Assembly for Wales and Amy Stanning, who works for Barclays as Service Director, Home Solutions. Ruth gave a brilliant speech (I hear a lot of
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Launch of the Flagship Engagement Projects

Posted on 21 October 2014 by Colin Riordan

Tonight I had the pleasure of launching our flagship engagement projects at the Senedd with the First Minister, Carwyn Jones. The projects aim to improve health, education and wellbeing, reduce inequality and tackle poverty, among other goals. All this will be done hand-in-hand with the communities involved. These are ambitious aims which are closely aligned
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Diamond Review of Higher Education Funding

Posted on 10 October 2014 by Colin Riordan

Back in Cardiff today and I attended the third meeting of Sir Ian Diamond’s Review of Higher Education Funding in Wales. The Minister for Education, Huw Lewis AM, established this review in the spring of 2014. As Chair of Universities Wales (formerly Higher Education Wales) I am a member of the panel. The results of the
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Fulbright Commission Board

Posted on 9 October 2014 by Colin Riordan

I attended my first Fulbright Commission Board meeting today in London.  The Board of Commissioners are made up of seven members (of which I am one) appointed by the UK government and seven appointed by the US government.  To learn more about the Board of Commissioners see the Fulbright Commission website.
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Leadership Foundation for Higher Education (LFHE)

Posted on 7 October 2014 by Colin Riordan

The LFHE was established in 2004. Its aim is to design and deliver exceptional leadership and organisational development for higher education institutions thus enabling transformational change. As one of 12 Board members I attend many such meetings during the year. The meeting on the 6 October, held in Cambridge, was a normal Board meeting and
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