Pro Vice-Chancellor announces intention to step down

Professor Tim Woods

Professor Tim Woods

12 June 2024

Aberystwyth University’s Pro Vice-Chancellor for Learning, Teaching and Student Experience has announced his intention to step down from the role at the end of the current academic year.

Professor Tim Woods, formerly head of the Department of English and Creative Writing and Dean of the Faculty of Arts, has been Pro Vice-Chancelor and a member of the University’s Executive for 6 years and plans to return to academic work within the University.

During his tenure, the University was consistently ranked amongst the best in the UK for student satisfaction as part of the National Student Survey and voted University of the Year for Teaching Quality by The Times / The Sunday Times Good University Guide.

Professor Jon Timmis, Vice-Chancellor at Aberystwyth University has thanked Professor Woods for his contribution to the University’s success.

Professor Timmis said: “I would like to thank Tim on behalf of the whole University for his work and commitment over the course of his tenure, and I would like to thank him personally for the support he has given me as Vice-Chancellor since my arrival in post.

“During his time as Pro Vice-Chancellor he has driven numerous University-wide initiatives that have been incredibly beneficial and progressive for our institution. His work to build an enviable reputation for our excellent student experience, achieving consistently strong NSS results, has left a legacy that most universities would love to have. Our progress up the league tables shows how that work has paid off.”

Professor Woods’ academic interests include Twentieth-Century writing, African literatures in English, contemporary British and American poetry, modernist and postmodernist writing, and literary theory, especially Marxism and poststructuralism.

Originally from South Africa, he is currently writing a book on post-apartheid South African literature and researching American poetry in 1950s and 1960s New England.

Professor Timmis also confirmed that he intends to recruit a new Pro Vice-Chancellor and the planning the process for the new appointment will commence immediately.