THE VICE-Chancellor at Wrexham University is set to retire from her role next year.

Professor Maria Hinfelaar has held the role for eight years, but will end her tenure in September 2024. 

In a statement announcing her retirement, the Vice-Chancellor spoke about the 'highly successful and enjoyable' years she has had in Wrexham. 

She said: "Following a highly successful and enjoyable eight years as Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive at Wrexham University I have decided to retire with effect from the 1st of September 2024.

"This will mark the end of my full-time career in academia spanning four decades and three countries, including 20 years with end responsibility for a higher education institution.


"It has been a real privilege to work with a fantastic team here at Wrexham University and with stakeholders close to the University. Together, we are having a transformative impact on students and on our communities and I am confident this work will continue long into the future.

"I will be fully focused over the next number of months to keep building the University and to eventually hand it over to my successor in good shape when I leave.

"Once again, I have truly enjoyed my time in Wrexham and in North Wales and I would like to thank you for your support."

Leigh Griffin, Chair of the Board of Governors added: "Maria’s leadership has been instrumental to the success and continuing growth of Prifysgol Wrecsam/Wrexham University and I thank her deeply for this.

"We will miss her when she leaves but, until then, I look forward to continuing to work with her on shaping the future of the University."