New VC joins Wrexham Glyndŵr University with bright vision for future growth
Wrexham Glyndŵr University’s new Vice-Chancellor Professor Maria Hinfelaar says she is relishing the prospect of leading the ‘pioneering’ institution into a new era. Professor Hinfelaar took up the position at the start of April, replacing interim Vice-Chancellor, Professor Graham Upton.
Her appointment sees a continuation of the strong foundations laid down by Professor Upton, as well as a new-look management team, with David Elcock already in place as Director of Finance, and Dr Claire Taylor, due to start in the summer as Deputy Vice-Chancellor.
Professor Hinfelaar joins the University after 11 years at the helm of the Limerick Institute of Technology (LIT). During her tenure she oversaw significant development at LIT, which was twice named Institute of Technology (IoT) of the year in the prestigious Sunday Times University Guide, and became the fourth largest IoT in Ireland.
She is looking forward to continuing the good work of Professor Upton at the University, which she believes is “ambitious” and has shown “resilience in the face of significant challenges”.
Professor Hinfelaar said: “I can see tremendous potential for the university at the heart of North East Wales, which is a region undergoing interesting development. Wrexham Glyndŵr offers a wide diversity of programmes and has some really exciting niches. Personally, having spent the last 11 years leading a similar institution in the mid-west of Ireland, I have discovered first-hand how crucially important universities are to their area.”