Publication date: 14/12/2009
Bangor University's Vice-Chancellor Professor Merfyn Jones has announced that he is to retire in October 2010.
Professor Jones became the sixth Vice-Chancellor in Bangor University's history in 2004 having been acting Vice-Chancellor since 2003.
Lord Davies of Abersoch, Chair of the University Council said: "Merfyn has been an outstanding Vice-Chancellor. Under his leadership the University has made excellent progress. His contribution to education in Wales has also been immense.
"The Council wishes to record its huge appreciation to Merfyn for his leadership and wishes him a very happy retirement."
Prof Jones was an undergraduate at Sussex University and a postgraduate at Warwick before being appointed to his first research post at Swansea in 1971. In 1975 he moved to Liverpool where he taught at the University for fifteen years and served as Director of Continuing Education and Dean.
He transferred to Bangor in 1992 and became Head of the School of History and Welsh History, Professor of Welsh History, Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences and Pro-Vice-Chancellor. He was Acting Vice-Chancellor during 2003 before becoming the University's sixth Vice-Chancellor in August 2004.
His book on the North Wales Quarrymen won the Welsh Arts Council Prize for Literature and he has been awarded a BAFTA (Cymru) award for his contribution to history on television. He has served as a member of the Broadcasting Standards Commission and the Board of Governors of the BBC, and as Chair of the Broadcasting Council of Wales.
He served for 2 years as Chair of Higher Education Wales and also a Vice-President of Universities UK, which represents the higher education sector in the UK. He also recently chaired a major review of higher education in Wales for the Welsh Assembly Government.