Professor Colin Riordan took up the post of President and Vice-Chancellor at Cardiff University on 1 September 2012. Previously he was Vice-Chancellor of the University of Essex, having been appointed in October 2007.

He moved to Essex from Newcastle University, where he had been Pro Vice-Chancellor and Provost of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences since August 2005. Professor Riordan taught English as a foreign language at Julius-Maximilians-Universität Würzburg in Germany (1982-84) and was Lecturer, then Senior Lecturer in German at Swansea University (1986-1998). He became Professor of German at Newcastle University in 1998, where he remained until his move to Essex in 2007. Professor Riordan is a Vice-President of Universities UK and a Board member of the Leadership Foundation for Higher Education, the Edge Foundation, UCAS and The Conversation (UK).

In 2013 he became chair of Universities Wales, the body which represents the interests of Higher Education Institutions in Wales. He has been a Fulbright Commissioner since 2014.

President and Vice-Chancellor at Cardiff University and speaker at the Cardiff Innovation System: Developing a powerful vision for innovation led growth in Wales on 21st March 2017 at the Office of the First Minister and Cabinet Office, Welsh Government Office, 25 Victoria Street, London SW1H 0EX

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