Cardiff Metropolitan University has appointed Dan Davies as Dean and Professor of Science and Technology Education, to further enhance the School of Education's reputation for academic excellence.
Professor Davies is an experienced academic leader, who previously spent 16 years at Bath Spa University, half of them in the role of Head of Research within the School of Education.
Dan held a variety of roles at the Bath Spa University, including Assistant Dean in the School of Education, Head of Primary Education and PGCE Primary Programme Leader.
In his new role, Professor Davies will be responsible for the vision, development and delivery of Cardiff Met's education strategy and for leading and motivating the highly-regarded School of Education team of academic staff, who contribute to the university's success in education.
Speaking about his appointment, Professor Davies, who is also an External Examiner in Primary School Direct and Assessment Only routes at the UCL Institute of Education, said: "I am delighted to be joining Cardiff School of Education.
"As a new Dean my first priority is to meet every member of academic staff in the Cardiff School of Education individually, because I believe in listening and participative leadership.
"As a former Head of Research and compiler of submissions for Research Assessment Exercise 2008 and Research Excellence Framework 2014, I am fully committed to supporting the growth of research culture at Cardiff School of Education."
Professor Davies is a national judge for the Rolls Royce Science Prize and read Physics at University College London (UCL) before completing a PGCE in Primary Education at the Institute of Education.
He then undertook a Masters and PhD in Education at Goldsmiths University of London, where he went on to work for two years.
Jacqui Hare, Deputy Vice Chancellor at Cardiff Metropolitan University said:
"We are absolutely delighted to welcome an academic of Dan's calibre to the School of Education.
"His expertise will be a great asset to the school and will enable us to further cement our reputation to the research culture across Wales. The school has a committed and hugely accomplished team in place, who enjoy new challenges and will thrive on Dan's leadership."