Professor Antony J Chapman
Vice-Chancellor & Principal
Professor Antony J Chapman Bsc, PhD, Hon D.Sc, C.Psychol, FBPsS, FRSA, AcSS
Vice-Chancellor & Principal
Cardiff Metropolitan University
Tony Chapman is a former pupil of Milford Haven Grammar School and Bexley Grammar School and returned to Wales in 1998 for his current position, Vice-Chancellor of Cardiff Metropolitan University (formerly UWIC). He had been a senior lecturer in Applied Psychology at UWIST (now Cardiff University) before joining Leeds University in 1983 as Professor of Psychology and Head of Department. Later he was the University’s Dean of Science, then Pro-Vice-Chancellor, and then Visiting Professor. From 2004 to 2007 he was the Senior Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive of the University of Wales.
As an undergraduate he studied Mathematics and Psychology, together with Economics and Sociology, at the University of Leicester. With others he has published 15 books, 3 book series and about 125 scientific papers; and he has presented some 250 research papers in over 25 countries overseas. His research has been funded by the ESRC/SSRC, EPSRC, MRC and the EU/CEC, as well as by various government departments/agencies and other sources. For 6 years he was the editor of the British Journal of Psychology, and for many years he was the editor-in-chief/editor of Current Psychology. He served on Research Assessment (RAE) Panels for university funding councils in 1992 and 1996 and was Vice-Chairman of the Training Board of the Economic and Social Sciences (ESRC). He was a founding director of Sound Alert Ltd (later Sound Alert Technology Plc), a business in directional sound alarms, which won The 1997 Prince of Wales Award for Innovation (for economic potential).
He was elected Fellow of the British Psychological Society in 1978 and Honorary Fellow in 1999 – one of about a dozen UK psychologists - in a Society of some 50,000 members, elected for his “research and leadership”. He is an Academician in the UK Academy of Learned Societies for the Social Sciences (AcSS) – one of 60 founding Academicians – elected for his “exceptional, distinguished and substantial contributions to the Social Sciences”.
He has been President of the Psychology Section of the British Association for the Advancement of Science, President of the British Psychological Society, President of the Association of Learned Societies for the Social Sciences, Chair of the UK Deans of Science Committee, Chair of Higher Education Wales, and a Vice-President of Universities UK (UUK). He was a founding Board Member of the Leadership Foundation for Higher Education (from 2003), and he has served on the Boards of the Universities and Colleges Employers Agency (UCEA) and the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS). He was a Member of the European Deans of Science Committee and has served on the Council of CBI-Wales.
He is a member of the Council of the Parliamentary University Group, the Council for Industry in Higher Education (CIHE), and the Board of the Quality Assurance Agency (QAA). He is a Member of the Board of the Higher Education Academy and chaired its Academic Council. He has chaired the QAA’s Access Recognition and Licensing Committee and its Advisory Committee for Wales, and he has chaired Singapore’s Academic Accreditation Committee for its Association of Private Schools and Colleges.
Within Universities UK (UUK) he is a member of the International and EU Policy Committee, and he has been a member of the UUK Board, its Longer-Term Strategy Group, Finance and Resources Strategy Group, and Business and Industry Sector Strategy Group. He is a Vice-President of Cardiff Business Club and a Fellow of the Institute of Welsh Affairs.
Tony Chapman is married to Dr Siriol David, a Forensic Psychologist, and they have two sons and two daughters.
For general enquiries, please email VC-Office@cardiffmet.ac.uk