University of South Wales appoints new Vice-Chancellor

New USW VC Dr Ben Calvert April 2021

Dr Ben Calvert

The University of South Wales (USW) is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr Ben Calvert as its new Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive Officer. Ben will take over from Professor Julie Lydon who is retiring in the summer, after eleven years in the role.

Ben is currently Deputy Vice-Chancellor at USW and leads the academic portfolio with a strong focus on the quality and enhancement of our learning and teaching provision. He has been a member of the Executive team since joining the University as Pro Vice-Chancellor for Student Experience in 2015.

Commenting on his appointment, Dr Calvert said: “I am honoured to have been appointed as University of South Wales’ next Vice-Chancellor. The University has an impressive track record of widening participation and delivering industry-focused learning and teaching, and I look forward to building on these strong foundations established under Julie’s leadership. 

“It is a time of major challenge and opportunity in higher education, and the University of South Wales has a key role to play in Wales’ post-pandemic recovery. I am looking forward to working with a superb team of dedicated colleagues, as we continue to support students, communities, and businesses to prosper.”

Louise Evans, Chair of the Board of Governors added: “Following a thorough and robust process which included colleagues from across the University, the Students’ Union, governors and two external expert advisors, I am delighted that Ben has accepted the Vice-Chancellor position.

“Ben’s energy and vision stood out throughout a competitive field, and his commitment to our staff and students is absolute. Ben’s ongoing chairing of the Welsh Government Higher Education Guidance Group demonstrated his thorough knowledge and expertise of Higher Education within Wales. He has also been a key member of the Executive team at USW, which together have steered the University through the Covid-19 pandemic.” 

Before joining the University of South Wales, Ben worked at the University of Gloucestershire, as a Dean of Faculty managing a broad discipline base including Schools of Media, Humanities, Art and Design and Computing and Technology. He established several new degree courses including Popular Music, Television Production and Radio Production, and was part of a team that secured Skillset Academy accreditation for the School of Media.

Dr Calvert will take up the Vice-Chancellor position on 1 September 2021.