Academia Europaea welcomes Cardiff University’s President and Vice-Chancellor to its membership

Academia Europaea welcomes Cardiff University’s President and Vice-Chancellor to its membership

We’re delighted to announce that Professor Colin Riordan, President and Vice-Chancellor of Cardiff University, has been elected to the Academia Europaea.

Professor Riordan has been elected as a Member of the Academia Europaea in recognition of his significant services to European scholarship and the Academy.  

Professor Ole Petersen CBE FRS, Vice-President of Academia Europaea said:

“It is a great pleasure to congratulate our President and Vice-Chancellor, Professor Colin Riordan, on his election as a Member of Academia Europaea (MAE). This award recognises Colin’s standing as an eminent scholar of post-war German literature as well as his successful efforts to place Cardiff University in a European context by partnership agreements with the Catholic University of Leuven (KU Leuven) and more recently with the University of Bremen.

Furthermore, Colin established, in partnership with Academia Europaea, the Cardiff University Knowledge Hub in 2015, which has become a central partner in the SAPEA (Science Advice for Policy by European Academies) consortium, providing scientific evidence in response to requests from the European Commission. Colin has thereby further strengthened Cardiff University’s already strong European reputation.”

About his recent election to the Academia Europaea, Professor Riordan said,

“I feel privileged to be elected a member of Academia Europaea. I am looking forward to working with some of Europe’s most distinguished scientists and scholars and playing my part in promoting research, education and learning. As Vice-Chancellor my objective has been to create a University that is global and outward looking. The UK’s exit from the EU and the impact of the global Covid-19 pandemic have made the role of Academia Europaea even more crucial. It is vital that we continue to use our collective voice to champion interdisciplinary and international research.”

About Professor Colin Riordan

Professor Colin Riordan has been President and Vice-Chancellor of Cardiff University since 2012, and was previously Vice-Chancellor of the University of Essex and Pro Vice-Chancellor and Provost of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences at Newcastle University. He is widely published on post-war German literature and culture. He is Chair of The Conversation Trust (UK) Ltd, Chair of IDP Connect’s Strategic Advisory Group and Chair of the Welsh Higher Education Brussels Board. He is also Vice-Chair of the Council of the Association of Commonwealth Universities and a Trustee of the Edge Foundation and the UCAS Board.

About Academia Europaea

Founded in 1988, Academia Europaea now has more than 4500 members, including more than 70 Nobel laureates. Our members are leading scientists and scholars who collectively promote excellence in research, learning and education in all fields of scholarship. Academia Europaea operates through a network of regional knowledge hubs in BarcelonaBergen, Budapest, Cardiff, Tbilisi and Wroclaw. The Cardiff Hub officially opened in 2016 and is hosted by Cardiff University.

Posted 17th December 2021. For further information please contact

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