New VC appointed
Professor Colin Riordan from Newcastle University has been
chosen as the University’s new Vice-Chancellor.
Professor Riordan, 47, is currently Pro-Vice-Chancellor (PVC) and
Provost of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences.
As a member of Newcastle University’s Senior Management
Team he is the budget-holder for a Faculty with 9,700 students (more than
half the university total), almost 700 staff and a turnover of more than
£40 million. He also chairs the university committee for environment and
He has previously served as the Dean of Postgraduate Studies for his
Faculty, and as Head of the School of Modern Languages. A Professor of
German, he has published widely on post-war German literature and culture,
including seven books as author or editor.
In his current role, Professor Riordan has overseen the re-housing of
Newcastle University Business School, fostered the development of its £5
million Northern Writers’ Centre project and presided over the successful
financial performance of the Faculty.
A graduate of the University of Manchester, Professor Riordan obtained
his PhD there in 1986, the same year that he joined the University of
Wales, Swansea, as a Lecturer. He was appointed Professor of German at
Newcastle in 1998.
Chairman of the University Council, and of the Selection Committee, Tim
Melville-Ross, said: ‘The University attracted a strong field of
candidates and we are delighted to appoint Professor Riordan, who has a
proven track record of leadership at Newcastle University. We look forward
to welcoming him to Essex.’
Professor Riordan, who is married with two daughters, said: ‘The
University of Essex has a proud tradition of research quality and
excellent teaching, and is taking forward new initiatives in support of
business, employers and enterprise. I believe that Essex has a great
future as a university for the 21st century and I am thrilled to be a part
He will come to Essex in September for a handover period with the
current Vice-Chancellor, Professor Sir Ivor Crewe, before officially
becoming Vice-Chancellor on 1 October.