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Professor Riordan in 2019
Professor Riordan in 2019

Colin Riordan (born 28 November 1959 in Cardiff, South Glamorgan, Wales) is a British academic who has been President and Vice-Chancellor at Cardiff University since 1 September 2012.[1]

Education

Professor Riordan obtained his PhD from the University of Manchester in 1986.[2]

Career

Professor Riordan taught English as a foreign language at Julius-Maximilians-Universitat Wurzburg in Germany (1982–84). He was Lecturer, then Senior Lecturer in German at Swansea University from 1986 to 1998.

He became Professor of German at Newcastle University in 1998, later being appointed Pro Vice-Chancellor and Provost of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences in August 2005.[3]

In October 2007 he took up the post of Vice-Chancellor at the University of Essex.[4] On 1 September 2012 he became Vice-Chancellor of Cardiff University.[5]

In 2015, under his purview as Vice-Chancellor, Professor Riordan announced that Cardiff University would launch five new flagship research centres, each focusing on a world issue. These include resolving chronic diseases; the scarcity of water; the prevention of crime; studying big data; and creating smarter energy systems.[6]

Research and publications

He has published on post-war German literature and culture,[7] including editing books on the writers Jurek Becker, Uwe Johnson and Peter Schneider.[8]

Personal life

In November 2017, shortly after missing Bisexual Visibility Day, Riordan came out as bisexual in a monthly email to staff.[9] The BBC quoted him as saying, "Only a few vice chancellors have spoken out about being gay or lesbian and none about being bi, as far as I'm aware."[10] He has two daughters from a former marriage.[11]

Memberships

In 2013 he became chair of Higher Education Wales, the body which represents the interests of Higher Education Institutions in Wales.

References

  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-12-13. Retrieved 2013-12-10.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-12-12. Retrieved 2013-12-10.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-12-12. Retrieved 2013-12-10.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-12-12. Retrieved 2013-12-10.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-12-13. Retrieved 2013-12-10.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  6. ^ "Cardiff University research centres to tackle major world issues". BBC. Retrieved 5 October 2015.
  7. ^ http://eprint.ncl.ac.uk/author_pubs.aspx?author_id=74751
  8. ^ Williams, Rhys W.; Parker, Stephen; Peitsch, Helmut; Riordan, Colin (1992). German Writers and the Cold War 1945-61. ISBN 9780719026621.
  9. ^ "Cardiff Uni boss: 'Why I told colleagues I'm bisexual'". BBC. Retrieved 21 November 2017.
  10. ^ "Cardiff Uni boss: 'Why I told colleagues I'm bisexual'". BBC. Retrieved 21 November 2017.
  11. ^ "£288k-a-year university boss bravely comes out as bisexual in email to all staff to help those feeling 'invisible'". Mirror Online. Retrieved 21 November 2017.
  12. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2015-07-16. Retrieved 2014-02-08.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  13. ^ http://www.lfhe.ac.uk/en/general/board.cfm
  14. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-05-01. Retrieved 2012-05-18.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  15. ^ http://ecctis.co.uk/naric/Advisory%20Council/Advisory%20Council.aspx
  16. ^ http://www.ucas.com/about-us/inside-ucas/ucas-board-executive/meet-ucas-board
  17. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-12-13. Retrieved 2013-12-10.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  18. ^ https://www.gov.uk/government/policy-advisory-groups/international-education-council
  19. ^ https://www.gov.uk/government/policy-advisory-groups/international-education-council
  20. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2015-07-16. Retrieved 2014-02-08.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
Academic offices
Preceded by
Sir Ivor Crewe
Vice-Chancellor of the University of Essex
2007–2012
Succeeded by
Anthony Forster
Preceded by
David Grant
Vice-Chancellor of Cardiff University
2012–present
Succeeded by
Incumbent
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