Professor Paul Boyle has assumed the role of chair at Jisc, the not-for-profit digital technologies specialist.
The Swansea University vice-chancellor officially began his tenure on 21 May, following confirmation of his appointment in December and a subsequent period of induction.
He became a Jisc trustee in January.
“I am very pleased to be joining Jisc at this critical time for the higher and further education sectors,” said Prof Boyle.
“The digital platforms that underpin our educational and research needs have never been more important, and the opportunity for Jisc to build upon its longstanding reputation is clear.
“The breadth of expertise at Jisc is impressive, including the provision of cloud services, cyber security protection, student analytics, championing open access, and much more.
“I am looking forward to seeing how the vision for Jisc will be shaped, as the reality of more blended virtual learning and research environments will become the new norm.”
Prof Boyle, a former chief executive of the Economic and Social Research Council, as well as president of Science Europe, succeeds Professor David Maguire as Jisc chair.
The vice-chancellor at the University of Dundee leaves a strong legacy, including overseeing a tripling of capacity for Jisc’s education-serving Janet network, founding the world’s first national learning analytics shared service, and greatly increasing its digital resources provision.
Prof Maguire’s six years in post also saw Jisc broaden its expertise by way of mergers with Eduserv, HECSU/Graduate Prospects and the business development function in HESA.
“Paul Boyle inherits a robust, forward-thinking organisation of which I am extraordinarily proud,” said Prof Maguire.
“I have great admiration for the skilled and hard-working staff at Jisc and it has been rewarding to work with a succession of very able and committed trustees.
“During 2020, Jisc led from the front with research projects for higher and further education, which have helped members through the pandemic and will help steer them towards profound digital transformation.”