Professor John G. Hughes
Professor John G. Hughes became the University’s Vice-Chancellor in September 2010. He is only the seventh Vice-Chancellor or Principal since the University was established in 1884.
Born and raised in Belfast, Professor Hughes is a mathematician and theoretical physicist by academic background. Following appointments at Queen’s University Belfast and at the International Atomic Energy Agency in Vienna, he became Professor of Information Systems Engineering, and later Dean and then Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research) at the University of Ulster from 1991 to 2004. He was then appointed President of Maynooth University in 2004.
He has a strong reputation for working closely with industry and in the commercialisation of research, and has also built up an extensive network of international partnerships in Europe, the US and Asia. He has initiated a large number of successful research collaborations with prestigious institutions including the Max-Planck Institutes, Carnegie-Mellon University, MIT and Peking University.
Among the many successful initiatives under his leadership at Bangor have been the opening of new student accommodation at Bangor; a new campus in China – ‘Bangor College China’ in the city of Changsha; the construction of Pontio (a new Arts and Innovation Centre); the upgrade and expansion of the University’s sports facilities; and the new Marine Centre Wales building on the University’s Menai Bridge site; and the development of a new science park on Anglesey.
During his time at Bangor, Professor Hughes has also successfully learnt Welsh, gaining an A-Level qualification in Welsh in 2014.