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Colin Riordan

Vice-Chancellor’s June all-staff email

Posted on 30 June 2015 by Colin Riordan

Dear colleague You may have seen a recent article in Times Higher Education in which Mr Rob Behrens, chief executive of the Office of the Independent Adjudicator for Higher Education, is quoted as saying that the excessive drinking culture at universities is leading to ‘laddish behaviour on campus, which has been linked to a number
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Going Global 2015

Posted on 2 June 2015 by Colin Riordan

On 1 June I attended Going Global 2015, which is the British Council’s high-profile annual conference, attracting higher education delegates from all over the world. I spoke myself at a session on how UK universities can maintain their values while internationalizing, essentially saying that just as at home, we must always keep our charitable object
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Vice-Chancellor’s May all-staff email

Posted on 29 May 2015 by Colin Riordan

Dear colleague The General Election result has given us a good deal more clarity than anybody expected. For one thing, we now know that there will be a referendum on continued membership of the European Union. Of course there will be different views within the academy, but I am certain that the interests of this
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Have we turned the corner on languages?

Posted on 22 May 2015 by Colin Riordan

That was the thought running through my head when I attended the launch of the Cardiff University Languages for All scheme in the Students’ Union on Thursday 21 May. The British propensity to avoid learning languages is well known, and indeed languages in schools and universities have been in long-term decline. For a Germanist like
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Vice-Chancellor’s April all-staff email

Posted on 30 April 2015 by Colin Riordan

Dear colleague When I arrived as Vice-Chancellor in 2012 I felt it was important to visit all the academic Schools and Professional Services sections to try to meet as many people as possible, or at least give the opportunity for people to ask questions in groups and for me to say a few words about
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Vice-Chancellor’s March all-staff email

Posted on 31 March 2015 by Colin Riordan

Dear colleague Yesterday I took part in a photo shoot for the Students’ Union’s joint campaign with the University to persuade students to register to vote.  This involved giving away free ice cream on a beautiful but freezing March day.  It seemed to be working very well though, which is good because as I mentioned
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Vice-Chancellor’s February all-staff email

Posted on 27 February 2015 by Colin Riordan

Dear colleague I’d like to start with an update on the matter I reported on last month concerning the cuts to the Horizon 2020 Programme proposed by the new European Commission President, Jean-Claude Juncker. The proposed reduction is now €2.7bn, with European Research Council funding suffering by €221m. I write this on the Eurostar returning
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Vice-Chancellor’s January all-staff email

Posted on 30 January 2015 by Colin Riordan

Dear colleague Let me start this first email of 2015 by congratulating a number of colleagues. I know that many people in the University and beyond will have been delighted to learn that Professor Terry Rees was made a Dame in the New Year’s Honours list. Terry has made a genuinely extraordinary contribution, not just
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Vice-Chancellor’s December all-staff email

Posted on 18 December 2014 by Colin Riordan

Dear colleague Well it’s been a long wait but finally the results of the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014 are in, and it’s great news for Cardiff. Amongst UK universities we rank fifth behind top-ranked Imperial College London, then LSE, Oxford and Cambridge for the quality of our research. We rank second in the UK
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Engagement with Germany

Posted on 5 December 2014 by Colin Riordan

Because of my academic background and fluent German I often find myself on brief visits to Germany, at the invitation of a university or other organisation related to higher education. It’s another opportunity to get Cardiff’s name out there and to pick up ideas from others as well as contribute on what I’ve learned from
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