Professor Colin Riordan returns to Ucas board of trustees

The Cardiff University vice-chancellor brings a wealth of experience in higher education leadership

Professor Colin Riordan, vice-chancellor of Cardiff University, has for a second time been appointed to serve as a trustee on the board of Ucas.

He previously fulfilled the role between April 2013 and April 2019, and has also served on the boards of Universities UK (as vice-president) and Advance HE. He is chair of trustees of academics’ media outlet The Conversation, and trustee and chair of finance committee of leading education charity The Edge Foundation.

“It is with great pleasure that we welcome Professor Riordan back to the Ucas Board,” said Ucas chief executive Clare Marchant. “He brings invaluable experience of leadership from the higher education sector to us as we work on reform and change to the admissions process, and delivering our corporate strategy, Discover Your Future.”

“Professor Riordan’s knowledge and understanding of UK higher education’s position in the global marketplace will be instrumental for us as we emerge from the pandemic and launch a new platform for international students later this month. I look forward to Professor Riordan supporting, championing, and also challenging, Ucas’s progress during his time on the board.”

Professor Riordan served as vice-chancellor of the University of Essex for five years, before leading Cardiff University as president and vice-chancellor from September 2012.

He became professor of German at Newcastle University, has published widely on post-war German literature and culture and has research interests on the history of environmental ideas in German culture.

“I’m delighted to be taking up this role with Ucas, which provides an important service to universities and prospective students,” said Professor Riordan. “As we move out of the pandemic and an extremely challenging time for higher education, I’m looking forward to working with colleagues across the sector to ensure students are given the best support as they make key decisions about their futures.”

This week, Ucas also launched a careers advice quiz tool helping students as young as 11 research their future university course options and careers. In a national first, the career quiz will clearly show the link between the courses that previous students have studied and what jobs they went on to do.

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