Professor John Hughes

Vice Chancellor of Bangor University


Professor John 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 Queens 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 NUI Maynooth 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.

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