Vice-Chancellor news

Vice-Chancellor’s September 2014 all-staff email

Posted on 30 September 2014 by Colin Riordan

Dear colleague I’m writing this on my journey back from leading a Cardiff University delegation to Leuven in Belgium, during the course of which I signed an agreement with my counterpart at KU Leuven, Professor Rik Torfs, establishing our two universities in a key strategic partnership. We received an extremely warm welcome, our visit coinciding
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Opening of the new Business School building

Posted on 29 September 2014 by Colin Riordan

It was a real pleasure for me to formally open the new Cardiff Business School Postgraduate Teaching Centre. This £14.5m building will provide a learning and teaching hub with state-of-the-art lecture theatres, executive study zones and a high-tech ‘trading room’ to attract the very best business students from around the world. The new Centre embodies
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UCAS Board Meeting

Posted on 26 September 2014 by Colin Riordan

As an UCAS Board member I attend regular Board Meetings. This meeting was in London and followed our annual Strategy Day. For more information on the Board members please see
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The Way Forward: Making it Happen

Posted on 26 September 2014 by Colin Riordan

This edition of Blas brings you up-to-date with a recent refresh of The Way Forward. It explains the growing significance of innovation and gives you details of our forthcoming Innovation Fast Forward Festival. It also explains some of the projects that came out of last year’s The Way Forward: Making it Happen sessions and explains a key change in this
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KU Leuven partnership

Posted on 22 September 2014 by Colin Riordan

The signing of a co-operation agreement with the University of Leuven on 22 September was a landmark for Cardiff University. The partnership will boost research income, create new research collaborations and offer more opportunities for students and staff to study and teach abroad. I travelled to Belgium with fellow UEB members Professor Hywel Thomas and
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University Induction

Posted on 16 September 2014 by Colin Riordan

After being inducted myself as a Fulbright Commission Board member yesterday it was good to lead the Induction session for new staff at Cardiff University today. Whenever I can I like to deliver the Induction session. It’s great to meet new staff, introduce them to the University and answer their questions. We run Induction every
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Fulbright Commission Induction

Posted on 15 September 2014 by Colin Riordan

The Fulbright Commission was established in 1948 and aims to foster cultural understanding through educational exchange between the UK and the US. I was asked to be on the Board of Commissioners at the end of last academic year. I was delighted to accept this as fostering educational exchange links is something that is very
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Universities UK Members’ Annual Conference, 9 – 11 September 2014

Posted on 11 September 2014 by Colin Riordan

In mid-September I attended the UUK annual conference in Leeds.  This year’s theme was ‘strength in diversity’. The key message was that universities are in a unique position – leaders of change that can help deliver diverse opportunities and transform the lives of many. Speakers at the conference included Professor Sir Christopher Snowden, President, Universities
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NATO after the Wales Summit conference

Posted on 2 September 2014 by Colin Riordan

Two days before the NATO Summit on the 4-5 September, Cardiff University hosted a major academic conference entitled NATO after the Wales Summit. I was delighted to welcome 150 leading international thinkers and decision makers in international security and defence to the Pierhead Building, Cardiff Bay. The aim was to discuss the objectives and functions
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