AFTER announcing on December 4th she would be leaving her post of Vice-Chancellor at the end of this academic year, April McMahon is to be replaced in the interim by John Grattan from February 1st.
Professor McMahon is due to leave at the end of the 2015/2016 year, having held the role for five years. She had chosen to leave at the end of her term after a turbulent time in charge, facing petitions calling for her resignation and reports of her pay being higher than that of David Cameron.
Professor Grattan (Currently Pro Vice-Chancellor) has an extensive academic background in Environmental and Archaeological Science. He began his career obtaining a Ph.D. from The University of Sheffield and his research has since been highlighted in many different media outlets such as: The Economist, The Guardian, The Times and International Television and Radio.
In 1995 he joined the University of Wales, Aberystwyth where he held positions of Senior Lecturer, Reader, Professor and Dean of Faculty of Science at Aberystwyth University. In 2012 he was appointed the Pro Vice-Chancellor of Student Experience and International. He is also a board member of the QAA, HEFCW’s Student Experience, Teaching and Quality Committee and Universities Wales Pro Vice-Chancellor Learning and Teaching Advisory Group where he is currently the chair.
The University Council has said that McMahon will be focusing on externally-facing aspects of the Vice-Chancellor role, whilst the search beings for a permanent Vice-Chancellor to take over from Grattan from July 31st onwards or as soon as possible in the 2016/2017 academic year..