Vice-Chancellor news

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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Innovation Fast Forward Festival

Posted on 2 October 2014 by Colin Riordan

I was very proud to launch the Cardiff Innovation System at the University’s Innovation Fast Forward Festival in the Hadyn Ellis Building today. At the festival we outlined our plans to become an internationally recognised engine for future prosperity, health and growth in Wales, the UK and the wider world. We have an ambitious vision for innovation-led
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HMC (Headmasters’ and Headmistresses’ Conference)

Posted on 30 September 2014 by Colin Riordan

Cardiff University’s Business School hosted the Q&A for the Universities Panel of the Headmasters’ and Headmistresses’ annual conference. The delegates decamped from the Celtic Manor to the University for this session and I sat on the panel. It was chaired by Chris Ramsey (Headmaster of King’s School Chester and Chairman of the HMC/GSA Universities Committee),
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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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