Universities Wales Weekly Wrap Up – 16 December 2016

New Vice-Chancellor appointed at Aberystwyth University

Professor Elizabeth Treasure has been appointed the next Vice-Chancellor of Aberystwyth University. Professor Treasure is currently Deputy Vice-Chancellor at Cardiff University and is expected to take up her new post in April 2017. Further details about the appointment can be found on the University’s website.

In announcing Professor Treasure’s appointment, the University also expressed its gratitude to Professor John Grattan who, as Acting Vice-Chancellor since 1 February 2016, is setting the foundations for a more sustainable University for the future. During the period to April 2017, he will continue to lead the University with the full support of the University’s Council.


Kirsty Williams’ speech on Diamond

As outlined in her speech at an OU Wales and Wonkhe event last week, the Cabinet Secretary for Education, Kirsty Williams discusses “the principles and practicalities of delivering Diamond” in this IWA blog.


Welsh Government seeks recruitment of Independent Board Member from a university for Public Health Wales

The Welsh Government is recruiting for two Independent board members for Public Health Wales; one third sector member and one university member.

Working across sectors, Public Health Wales are committed to continuously improving the quality, equity and effectiveness of the services we deliver and to supporting the wider NHS in Wales to improve outcomes for patients.

Independent Directors are expected to work with their Executive Directors to develop strategy, policy and ensure sound governance.

They are now recruiting externally and would be interested to hear from anyone who feels that they have the knowledge and expertise relevant to this appointment. They are looking for someone from within the higher education sector who can bring their expertise to the Board. Applicants need to hold a health-related post in a university and have substantial relevant research experience coupled with knowledge of health and well-being in Wales, particularly public health.

The appointment process is being handled by Welsh Government. To apply please visit the following page:  The closing date is 3 January 2017.


Universities Wales office Christmas closure

Please note the Universities Wales office is closed over the Christmas and New Year period. We close on Thursday 22 Dec and return on Tuesday 3 January 2017!