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Cardiff Metropolitan University Vice Chancellor

Cardiff Metropolitan University Vice Chancellor

Cardiff Metropolitan University Appoints New Vice-Chancellor

​Cardiff Metropolitan University has appointed Professor Cara Carmichael Aitchison, currently Vice-Chancellor of the University of St Mark & St John, Plymouth, to succeed Professor Antony Chapman who retires as Vice-Chancellor on 31 August 2016.

Professor Aitchison, who will take up post on 1 October, stated:

‘It’s an enormous privilege to have been appointed to the role of Vice-Chancellor at Cardiff Metropolitan University. I’ve worked closely with a number of colleagues at Cardiff Met over almost 20 years and have watched the organization grow in size, reputation and impact while retaining a principled commitment to its motto: ‘The most valuable possession is knowledge’. I was attracted by the prospect of leading the development and delivery of a new strategic plan for a growing, dynamic and ambitious university that is closely aligned with my own academic subject expertise and my leadership and management experience. The University has a rich portfolio of undergraduate, postgraduate, research and enterprise activity, is rooted in a cosmopolitan capital city with proximity to policy makers and is creative and international in its outlook. I look forward to leading the organization through its next phase of development in partnership with its highly motivated staff, students and stakeholders and its ambitious Board of Governors.’

Professor Cara Aitchison has led the University of St Mark & St John through a significant programme of development. She joined from the University of Edinburgh where she was Head of Moray House School of Education and Chair in Social and Environmental Justice (2010-2013). She was previously Dean of the Faculty of Education and Sport at the University of Bedfordshire (2008-2010), Professor in Human Geography and Director of the Centre for Leisure, Tourism and Society at UWE Bristol (2003-2008) and held earlier leadership positions at the University of Gloucestershire (1997-2003) and two London institutions (1988-1997). She is also an Honorary Professor in the Department of Health at the University of Bath.