Dr Rhodri Llwyd Morgan announced as new Pro Vice-Chancellor

Dr Morgan will take up the role of Pro Vice-Chancellor in early September

Dr Morgan will take up the role of Pro Vice-Chancellor in early September

Dr Rhodri Llwyd Morgan has been appointed Pro Vice-Chancellor for the Welsh Language and Culture and External Engagement at Aberystwyth University.

Dr Morgan is currently Head of Policy Support for Ceredigion County Council and will take up his new post in early September, succeeding Professor Aled Jones, who has been appointed to the position of Chief Executive and Librarian at the National Library of Wales.

Originally from Ceredigion, he graduated in History and has a Diploma in Librarianship from Aberystwyth University, an MA in Early Celtic Studies and a doctorate in Historiography from Cardiff University.

Dr Morgan’s role as Pro Vice-Chancellor means that he will be responsible for “developing and articulating the University’s strategy in respect of Welsh language and culture, promoting the use of the language and advising on ways in which Welsh culture and language can be further embedded into the academic life of the University.”

Previously, he has worked with the Welsh Language Board, Cardiff University and BBC Wales, as well as his role within Ceredigion Council, where his portfolio recently included Policy and Strategy, Partnerships and collaborative arrangements, the Welsh Language, equalities, Communications and Council relations.

Dr Morgan has previously served in the Cultural Services department of Ceredigion Council, where he was responsible for local cultural amenities and performing arts groups. Dr Morgan’s appointment comes at a time when relations between the University and the local community have been strained, following the suspension of senior staff at the Arts Centre and uncertainty about the future strategic direction of the facility. Dr Morgan is a member of the Arts Centre Advisory Board, who contributed to the recently-announced Strategic Plan for the Arts Centre.

Vice-Chancellor Professor April McMahon said: “I’m delighted to congratulate Dr Morgan on his appointment. He is very experienced in the field of language planning both academically and operationally, and has a highly relevant background in education and community services. I very much look forward to working with him to build on the important developments already underway here in Aberystwyth. “

She continued, noting the 11 Welsh medium lecturing posts which Aberystwyth University have been awarded under the  Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol, and commented on the “innovative work” which is “transforming the nature of Welsh medium provision” in the Sciences –  Mathematics, Physics, Computer Science and Biological Sciences.

Dr Morgan said: “I am looking forward to joining the University in this role and know that I will do all I can to promote its mission. My experience is primarily in the areas of language development, culture and lifelong learning services both at local authority and national levels.

“I know that there are opportunities to further develop bilingualism within the University, expand Welsh medium provision to students and to promote our image as a confident bilingual institution which makes a difference locally, nationally and internationally.”

Dr Morgan will be one of two new Pro Vice-Chancellors who will begin the role in September 2013, the other of which will be appointed following the resignation of Prof Martin Jones on Thursday.