“It is an honour and a privilege to have been entrusted with leading this great Welsh University on the next phase of its development and growth. I have an ambitious vision for Bangor, focused around being research-led and student-centred, providing an exceptional student experience with an outstanding international reputation, whilst being deeply rooted within the local community, Welsh culture and language.”

Professor Edmund Burke

With a career dedicated to higher education and the pursuit of academic excellence, Professor Burke has held senior positions at the University of Nottingham, University of Stirling, Queen Mary University of London as well as, most recently, at the University of Leicester, where he played a key role in supporting significant improvement in the recent REF, which saw Leicester move up 23 places to the top 30 in the UK. He has a distinguished international research profile in Operational Research. His research investigates intelligent decision support methodologies in complex environments and lies at the interface of Computer Science and Mathematics. He is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering and President of the Operational Research Society.

As an institutional leader, he has demonstrated strategic vision and operational effectiveness by driving new initiatives, managing complex programmes of change and generating significant and sustainable growth. 

Marian Wyn Jones, Chair of Council, added: “We are looking forward to Edmund joining us, with a smooth transition from the current Vice Chancellor, Professor Iwan Davies. I would like to thank Professor Davies for his outstanding leadership over the last three years which will provide a strong platform for future success.”

Prof Iwan Davies said: “I would like to congratulate Professor Edmund Burke on his appointment as the next Vice Chancellor of Bangor University. It has been a real privilege for me to serve this great institution and I wish him and the entire University community every success in the future.” 

Bangor University has an outstanding reputation in the higher education sector, attracting students from over 120 countries. The University is in the top 20 in the UK for student satisfaction in the NSS 2022, in the top 15 in the UI GreenMetric World University Rankings and, in the recent REF 2021, 85% of its research was recognised as internationally excellent or world leading. With the recent announcement of the early establishment of an independent North Wales Medical School at Bangor University, the University is set to further build on its recent successes. 


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