Home>News>Appointment of Professor Rachael Langford

Cardiff Met appoints Professor Rachael Langford to senior team

​News | 25 May, 2021

Cardiff Metropolitan University
Professor Rachael Langford


Cardiff Metropolitan University is delighted to announce the appointment of Professor Rachael Langford to the role of Deputy Vice-Chancellor.

Professor Langford will take up her new role as part of the leadership team at Cardiff Met on September 1, 2021. 

Professor Langford is Pro Vice-Chancellor for International Recruitment and Dean of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences at Oxford Brookes University. She has a first-class degree in French Studies from Oxford University, a PhD in French Cultural Studies from Cambridge University and has made significant contributions to learning and teaching over a 30-year career.

Cardiff Met’s new Deputy Vice-Chancellor is no stranger to our city. From 1996 she was employed at Cardiff University as a Lecturer (1996-2005), Senior Lecturer (2005-2012) and Reader (2012-2016) in French Studies and gained her Professorship in French and Francophone Studies in 2016 before becoming Head of the School of Modern Languages at Cardiff University in the same year. 

In 2019 Professor Langford moved to Oxford Brookes University where she is a member of the senior leadership team and has strategic, budgetary and operational responsibility for five academic Schools and one commercial consultancy in addition to her university-wide remit for international recruitment.

The new Deputy Vice-Chancellor will join the University’s current senior leadership team led by President and Vice-Chancellor Professor Cara Aitchison. 

President and Vice-Chancellor Professor Cara Aitchison said of the appointment: “I am delighted to welcome Professor Langford to the leadership team here at Cardiff Metropolitan University. 

“I believe we have appointed someone who will uphold the values of our University and, as we emerge from the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic, will provide invaluable support as we continue our development as a high-performing, impactful, collaborative and compassionate community.”

Speaking about her appointment, Professor Langford said: “I am delighted to be joining the leadership team of Cardiff Metropolitan University and I am looking forward to working in partnership with colleagues, students, alumni and stakeholders to support the University’s development in the post-pandemic world.’