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30 September 2010

Professor Ian HargreavesProfessor Ian Hargreaves

A new chair in Digital Economy is being launched by the University, to bring together a programme of work ranging from the future of digital media to the role being played by digital communications in re-shaping public services.

Ian Hargreaves, Professor of Journalism at Cardiff for over a decade, and who has held a number of senior positions in journalism, regulation and business communications will take up the new chair on October 1 2010.

Spanning the School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies and Cardiff Business School, the chair will link the two disciplines, giving a major boost to research in each.

Speaking about the appointment, Dr David Grant, Vice-Chancellor of the University, said: "We are delighted that Ian has decided to base the next phase of his career firmly in Cardiff University. I know that he will add value across a number of research areas and further strengthen the University’s relationship with governmental and other policy-making institutions."

Professor Hargreaves joined Cardiff in 1999, and has held a number of roles outside of academia including Editor of the Independent; Director of BBC News and Current Affairs; and Director of Strategic Communications at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. Earlier this year, he completed a review of creative industries in Wales for the Welsh Assembly Government.

Professor George Boyne, Dean of Cardiff Business School, said: "Professor Hargreaves’ research on this important issue for private and public organisations will link closely with our existing strengths in areas such as the Welsh economy, sustainability, and local and regional government."

Professor Justin Lewis, Head of the School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies, added: "Journalism’s future depends upon the emergence of new financial models and Ian will bring great experience and energy to our efforts to understand what is going on and to help design solutions."

Professor Hargreaves said: "Digital communications platforms are re-shaping not only journalism and the media, but the way that modern economies work. This is particularly true in education and it will be increasingly true in health. I am greatly looking forward to opening a new chapter in my work at Cardiff University."