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Professor Hadyn Ellis

Professor Hadyn EllisProfessor Hadyn Ellis was highly influential in the development of Cardiff University, until his death in 2006. Educated at St Julian’s High School, Newport, he was appointed as Head of Cardiff’s School of Psychology in 1989. In his own field, he was a pioneer in the cognitive psychology of face recognition. He published ground-breaking research on prosopagnosia – the inability to recognise faces following brain injury.

Professor Ellis became the University’s Pro Vice-Chancellor for Research in 1994. This period saw the University double its research income and shoot up the national league tables for research. These achievements were crucial to Cardiff entering the elite Russell Group of research-led institutions.

Appointed Deputy Vice-Chancellor in 2001, Professor Ellis played a key role in the merger with the University of Wales College of Medicine. During this period he was able to expand the University’s base of interdisciplinary research. He was awarded a CBE in 2004 for his services to Higher Education.

Cardiff University’s Vice-Chancellor, Dr David Grant said: “Professor Hadyn Ellis was an internationally distinguished academic and a highly regarded Deputy Vice-Chancellor until his untimely death in 2006. He was an active champion of interdisciplinary research excellence, which the Maindy Park campus will foster. He also played an early, important role in the creation of the Neuroscience and Mental Health Research Institute, for which the Hadyn Ellis Building will now provide a modern, well-equipped home. We believe it is entirely fitting that this new building should bear his name.”