UNI CHIEF TO STEP DOWN

Vice-chan­cel­lor V re­tir­ing af­ter nine years y in charge at Ban­gor:

Bangor Mail - - FRONT PAGE - Owen Hughes

BAN­GOR Univer­sity’s Vice-Chan­cel­lor Pro­fes­sor John G Hughes has an­nounced that he is to re­tire next Au­gust af­ter nine years in charge.

Pro­fes­sor Hughes is only the sev­enth Vice-Chan­cel­lor in the univer­sity’s 135year his­tory, and the univer­sity will shortly be ad­ver­tis­ing for a suc­ces­sor, with the role com­ing with a salary of around £245,000.

Ban­gor Univer­sity’s Chair of Coun­cil Mar­ian Wyn Jones said: “I am ex­tremely grate­ful to Pro­fes­sor Hughes for his re­mark­able con­tri­bu­tion.

“He has over­seen tremen­dous change at the univer­sity, and has al­ways en­sured that stu­dents re­main at the heart of ev­ery­thing we do.”

Un­der Pro­fes­sor Hughes’ lead­er­ship, Ban­gor Univer­sity saw a num­ber of ma­jor de­vel­op­ments in­clud­ing the new £38m St Mary’s Stu­dent Vil­lage ge and the first ever col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween ween Wales and China to es­tab­lish ha a new col­lege in China.

He also over­saw the open- ing of the £20m Me­nai Sci­ence Park, the open­ing of the £5.5m Marine Cen­tre Wales at Me­nai Bridge and the com­ple­tion of the £50m Pon­tio project.

This lat­ter project was as dogged by prob­lems dur­ing conon­struc­tion, which saw its open­ing ing de­layed by a year.

The vice-chan­cel­lor also came un­der fire in 2016 for the £267,125.84 spent on main­te­nance, fur­nish­ing and re­fur­bish- ing the lux­ury univer­sity res­i­dence on the banks of the Me­nai Strait, Stra which was bought on the ap ap­point­ment of Pro­fes­sor Hugh Hughes. U Un­der his ten­ure Ban­gor Un Univer­sity be­came the first un univer­sity in Wales to be ra rated ‘Gold’ by the new Te Teach­ing Ex­cel­lence Framew work (TEF), re­flect­ing the ou out­stand­ing stan­dards of tea teach­ing found at the uni­ver­sit sity. The lat­est Re­search Ex­cel­lenc lence Frame­work also recog­nise n nised that more than three­quar­ters of Ban­gor’s re­search is ei­ther world-lead­ing or in­ter­na­tion­ally ex­cel­lent. The last 18 months have been im­pacted by the fi­nan­cial premises that have been faced by most UK uni­ver­si­ties, lead­ing to cost­cut­ting and re­dun­dan­cies.

Pro­fes­sor Hughes came to Ban­gor in Septem­ber 2010.

Born and raised in Belfast, he is a math­e­ma­ti­cian and the­o­ret­i­cal physi­cist by aca­demic back­ground.

Fol­low­ing ap­point­ments at Queens Univer­sity Belfast and at the In­ter­na­tional Atomic En­ergy Agency in Vi­enna, he be­came Pro­fes­sor of In­for­ma­tion Sys­tems En­gi­neer­ing, and later Dean and then Pro Vice-Chan­cel­lor (Re­search) at the Univer­sity of Ul­ster from 1991 to 2004.

He was then ap­pointed Pres­i­dent of Maynooth Univer­sity in Ire­land in 2004, be­fore mov­ing to Ban­gor.

Pro­fes­sor John G Hughes is to re­tire from Ban­gor Univer­sity

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