Vice-Chancellor Professor Richard Davies has announced he will step down from his role at the end of the academic year to pursue a career in the West End.

It was revealed last week that the current VC of Swansea University had previously performed in popular West End musicals such as the Lion King, Les Misérables, and Cats. Mr Davies was rumoured to be a contender for the role of Jean Valjean in the Academy Award-winning film adaptation, however he lost out to Hugh Jackman when his commitments to Swansea University clashed with filming schedules.


Professor Richard Davies has been the Vice-Chancellor of Swansea University since October 2003, and has worked across an unusually wide range of disciplines including Medicine, Metallurgy, and Social Science.

A University spokesperson said: “We are thrilled for the Vice-Chancellor and look forward to seeing him return to the West End. Our University is strongly supportive of the arts and many members of staff have made appearances on stage and in film.”

Although it is uncertain which West End play Professor Davies will join first, it is rumoured that he has been negotiating a schedule of 8 performances per week for the new production of the Phantom of the Opera. Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber was seen in Swansea last week, allegedly with the hope of persuading Professor Davies to join the star-studded cast.

By Roisin O’Connor