Pro Vice-Chancellor Martin Jones to resign

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Professor Jones will be resigning after 15 years at the University

PROFESSOR Martin Jones, Pro Vice-Chancellor for Research, Enterprise and Engagement, is to resign, an email to staff yesterday afternoon has revealed.

The departure comes just weeks after another member of the University’s senior management team, Professor Aled Jones, was named as the preferred candidate for Chief Executive and Librarian of the National Library of Wales.

There are four Pro Vice-Chancellors who sit immediately underneath the Vice-Chancellor in the senior management structure of the University. It is understood that Prof. (Martin) Jones was a significant contributor to the University’s research activities, and a source described University management as being “unhappy” with his decision to leave Aberystwyth.

Prof. Jones will become the new Director of the White Rose Social Science Doctoral Training Centre, which is a collaboration across the social sciences at the Universities of Leeds, Sheffield and York. He will also be taking up a Chair of Human Geography at Sheffield.

Prof. Jones joined the University as a Lecturer in 1998 and has since held the positions of Reader, Professor, Director of IGES, Dean of Social Sciences, and Co-Director of the Wales Institute of Social and Economic Research, Data and Methods (WISERD).

He has been a Pro Vice-Chancellor and member of the University Executive since 2009. Vice-Chancellor Professor April McMahon said: “We extend our warmest congratulations to Martin on his appointment to this exciting new role and thank him for his considerable number of years of service to Aberystwyth.”

“Martin has contributed to all aspects of work at the University and has also played a considerable role in developing links between the University and the local community. This is best illustrated with his role in developing the highly successful Aber Cycle Fest which was held recently, and for which the University has been one of the major sponsors.”

Prof. Jones said: “Aberystwyth University has offered me a wealth of different senior management experiences, and I am grateful for the opportunity to have been a Head of Department, Dean, and then Pro Vice-Chancellor since 2009. My PVC portfolio has been significant under the leadership of Professor April McMahon and I would like to personally thank her for giving me the research portfolio to lead. This has also included postgraduate responsibilities, which have proved critical to my appointment as Director of the White Rose Social Science Doctoral Training Centre.”

“I wish the Vice-Chancellor and Aberystwyth University every success in the future as it continues to deliver the best for Aberystwyth, its students and staff.”

The University now plan to begin a process of internal recruitment for the position, which will be changed to become Pro Vice-Chancellor for Research and Academic Quality.