UWTSD appoints new Professors of Practice


Five new Professors of Practice have been appointed during today’s (Friday, July 7th) graduation ceremonies at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David’s campus in Lampeter.

Alan Ereira

The title of ‘Professor of Practice’ is bestowed upon an individual to honour and recognise that person for having attained academic and/or professional distinction in those disciplines which are aligned with the strategic intentions of the university.

The five individuals who will be honoured by the University today are Professor Jianjun Bu; John Darlington; Alan Ereira; Saleem Asghar Kidwai and The Revered Dr Jeremy Duff.

Professor Jianjun Bu is the Director of UWTSD’s Teaching Centre at Renmin University of China and has almost 22 years of experience working in higher education.  With an excellent reputation for research, teaching and international education, Professor Bu has led the HND centre of Renmin University since 2003.

Having undertaken a PhD in Management in International Cooperation, Professor Bu went on to become Vice President of School of Talent Training at the Information Centre for Social Sciences at Renmin University of China before being appointed Director and Assistant Dean of School of Training and Education.  He took up his current role as Deputy Dean of School of Training and Education in 2013.

Professor Jianjun Bu, holds a number of other positions including Deputy Director of Central Education Committee of Chinese Peasants And Workers Democratic Party; Expert Group Leader of HND program CSCSE China Ministry of Education, and a Member of Standing Committee of Beijing Haidian District People's Political Consultative Conference.

John Darlington is the Executive Director for World Monuments Fund Britain (WMFB), a UK charity that champions and breathes new life into extraordinary buildings in Britain and across the globe. WMFB is the largest affiliate of World Monuments Fund, based in New York, the leading independent organisation for the protection of cultural heritage. Mr Darlington has a professional background in heritage, scholarship and environmental management and the charity’s current projects include Stowe House, St Paul’s and Coventry Cathedrals, Newstead Abbey, Charlton House, Strata Florida and initiatives in Zanzibar and Jordan. John Darlington joined WMFB in June 2015 from the National Trust where he was Regional Director, North West of England. In this position John championed a diverse portfolio of high profile projects at places ranging from mansions such as Dunham Massey, Lyme Park and Little Moreton Hall, to the mountains and countryside of the Lake District. He is also a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries as well as a Member of the Chartered Institute for Archaeologists and frequently writes for The Art Newspaper.

More recently Mr Darlington has enjoyed contributing towards Oxford University’s Department of Continuing Education, mentoring post-graduate students from London City University and coordinating a regular series of lectures at the Royal Geographical Society on an historical theme. The latter has brought speakers from Syria, Antarctica and Egypt to a UK audience on topics as diverse as the Oxyrhynchus scrolls, the preservation of huts of the heroic era of polar exploration and reported on most recent events in Syria. He is also a special contributor to the British Museum’s Iraq Training Scheme, helping to teach Iraqi conservation professionals about the UK’s approach to heritage management.

Alan Ereira is an award-winning writer and producer-director who specialises particularly in history and archaeology.  He worked for 15 years with BBC Radio, being awarded the global Japan Prize for the best educational radio programme (Battle of the Somme), then for 15 years with BBC TV, winning many awards including the Royal Television Society’s Best Documentary Series (Armada) and creating the series that launched the History Channel (Crusades).  He then became a successful independent producer, working closely with ex-Python Terry Jones.  In 1990 he encountered the Kogi, a remarkable indigenous community in Colombia with whom he has made two films regarded as seminal.  His account of the Kogi, From the Heart of the World, won the Green Book Award.  He founded the Tairona Heritage Trust to help the Kogi preserve and convey their culture.  He has written a number of works on historical topics, most recently the Nine Lives of John Ogilby.  He is currently working on a cultural history of gold, for publication in 2019.

Mr Saleem Asghar Kidwai, OBE is the Co-Founder and Chief Executive of EBSP Ltd, Leadership, Equality and Diversity Training Centre. He is also the Co-Founder and Chairman of Islamic Banking and Finance Centre UK and serves as Independent Director at Cardiff and Vale University Health Board. Mr Kidwai is a Member of Board of Governors, Cardiff Metropolitan University and a Wales Committee Member of Equality & Human Rights Commission Wales. He is also a Director of Groundwork Wales and Chair its Finance Committee as well as a member of Glas Cymru. 

Mr Kidwau is a trustee of South Wales Islamic Educational Trust; Secretary General at the Muslim Council of Wales; a trustee of the Muslim Council of Wales Charitable Foundation; Chair of the Executive Committee of the Islamic Social Services Association-Wales; Chair of the Executive Committee of the New Leaf- Rehabilitation of Ex-Offenders, and Vice President of the Welsh Scouts Council.

The Revered Dr Jeremy Duff is the Principal of the St Padarn’s Institute, established in 2016 to provide education, training, formation and professional development for the Church in Wales. St Padarn’s brings together many strands from across Wales, including a significant partnership with UWTSD. This continues a long tradition of partnership between the Church in Wales and the University, stretching back to the origins of the Lampeter Campus as St David’s College which was founded by Bishop Thomas Burgess in 1822 to prepare priests for the Church in Wales.

Dr Duff was born and brought up in Liverpool. At eighteen he became an officer in the Royal Engineers, serving overseas with the British Army and United Nations, and then went up to Cambridge where he received a First in Mathematics and a First with Distinction in Theology and Religious Studies. Doctoral research in New Testament and Christian Origins then followed at Jesus College and The Queen’s College, Oxford and then a research fellowship at St Cross College and tutorial appointments at Worcester College and Wycliffe Hall. In 2004 he moved back to Liverpool becoming the Director of Lifelong Learning in the Anglican Diocese, and Dwelly-Raven Canon at Liverpool Cathedral. Then in 2010 he moved ‘to the coal face’ becoming vicar of a highly deprived part of Widnes, near Liverpool, where under his leadership the church saw significant growth, particularly though partnerships focused on recovery from addictions, domestic violence, in further education and the town’s nightlife.

Dr Duff is a biblical scholar, publishing and teaching in the area of New Testament and Greek, and has a nationally recognised expertise in the formation of priests and other ministers. However, his real passion is in the power of the Bible to transform individuals and communities when taken away from elite interpreters and put in the hands of people in their own language, as was done first in Wales by William Morgan in 1588 – who himself has been the priest at St Padarn’s church near Aberystwyth.

“I’m delighted to appoint such eminent individuals as Professors of Practice at the University,” said UWTSD’s Vice-Chancellor Professor Medwin Hughes, DL.

“They join a number of exceptional individuals who are working with the university to bring their unique and professional expertise to benefit our students.  The role of Professors of Practice is relatively new to the University and allows us to work with partners with specific expertise related to our strategic aims who sometimes do not come through the traditional academic route. Through their involvement in our provision we can enhance the access to a range of defined skills to support academic delivery and build upon our rapidly improving reputation for delivering graduate skills in the context of employability, sustainability and work-related education and training.”


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