University Mergers Will Mean a Restructuring of Those at the Top; A New Generation of Leaders Is Taking the Helm at Wales' Universities at a Once-in-a-Generation Moment for the Nation's Higher Education Sector. Gareth Evans Reports

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University Mergers Will Mean a Restructuring of Those at the Top; A New Generation of Leaders Is Taking the Helm at Wales' Universities at a Once-in-a-Generation Moment for the Nation's Higher Education Sector. Gareth Evans Reports


Byline: Gareth Evans

* WEEPING budget cuts, tuition fee plans and a radical change agenda are just some of the challenges facing universities in Wales.

But the future shape of higher education depends largely on its leaders and the value of a good vice-chancellor has never been more important.

Steeped in pomp and tradition, universities pride themselves on continuity and turnover of senior staff is rare.

But a flurry of comings and goings have changed the face of Wales' university sector, with three high-level appointments in the past year.

Bangor and Aberystwyth have new vice-chancellors, while Cardiff has moved fast to land a successor to Dr David Grant.

Professor Marc Clement will next year relinquish his position at the University of Wales, while Dr Peter Noyes was only appointed Newport's leader in 2007.

Prof David Warner, Wales' longest-serving figurehead, is expected to retire from Swansea Metropolitan University next year after its amalgamation with Trinity Saint David.

But gone are the days of promoting from within. Board members are casting their net wider - even if it means ruffling a few feathers.

Prof John Hughes arrived in Bangor last September although his appointment as vice-chancellor was not without controversy. Born and raised in Belfast, his inability to speak Welsh attracted criticism from campaigners, who said the university "no longer deserved to be described as a Welsh institution".

Similarly, Aberystwyth University caused a stir by requiring its successful applicant to undertake only a "modest proficiency" in the language before assuming the post.

Prof April McMahon, a native of the Scottish Borders, last week became the 13th vice-chancellor in Aberystwyth's 140-year history.

She follows in the footsteps of Glamorgan's Julie Lydon, who last year replaced Prof David Halton to become Wales' first female vice-chancellor.

Prof David Egan, an expert on Welsh education, said: "The strategic direction of higher education in Wales at institutional and sector level is passing to a new generation of leaders. They take up their positions at a time when the expectations of the Welsh Government for higher education are greater than ever.

"It is seen as having a critical part to play in achieving economic renewal and social justice in Wales. To rise to this challenge the sector is being encouraged to strengthen their presence through collaboration and mergers. …

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