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Queen's University appoints Ian Greer as vice-chancellor


Professor Ian Greer.

Professor Ian Greer.

Professor Ian Greer.

Queen's University has appointed Ian Greer as its new president and vice-chancellor.

Professor Greer, born and educated in Scotland, is currently vice president of the University of Manchester.

He replaces Professor Patrick Johnson who passed away suddenly at the age of 58 in June last year while on holiday in Donegal.

Professor Greer's appointment was approved on Thursday morning at a meeting of the University’s governing body, the senate. He is the 13th person to take the reins of the 172-year-old institution.

He said it was a honoured and privilege to be appointed to the university and said he had a "great affection" for Northern Ireland.

"I very much look forward to working, in partnership with staff and students, to build on the outstanding achievements of previous vice-chancellors including, in particular, Professor Patrick Johnston, a former colleague and fellow clinician," he said.

"I have great affection for Northern Ireland and tremendous respect for the university. Queen’s has an enviable reputation for research, education and innovation and plays a major leadership role in the economic, social and cultural development of Northern Ireland.

“I very much look forward to committing my energy, drive and enthusiasm to leading the further development of Queen’s as a world-class global university with regional impact.”

A graduate of the University of Glasgow, Professor Greer was appointed a Research Fellow at the Department of Medicine, Glasgow in 1982 and became a lecturer in obstetrics and gynaecology at the University of Edinburgh in 1987 before returning to Glasgow to become head of department.

He later had stints at Hull York Medical School before moving to the University of Liverpool in 2010. He then joined the University of Manchester in 2015.


Prof Patrick Johnston

Prof Patrick Johnston

Prof Patrick Johnston

Professor Greer’s clinical practice and research focuses on medical disorders in pregnancy, and women's vascular health, particularly in relation to haemostasis and thrombosis.

Pro-chancellor and chair of Senate, Mr Stephen Prenter added: “Professor Greer has an international reputation of academic excellence and has held major strategic and leadership roles in higher education for some 25 years, most recently at The University of Manchester and at the University of Liverpool.

“I know that with his track record of extraordinary leadership, he will be an inspirational leader for Queen’s University and I wish him every success.”

Professor Greer is also director of the Manchester Academic Health Science Centre (MAHSC) and chair of the Northern Health Science Alliance (NHSA), a cross sector collaboration of eight Universities and NHS partners.

He is also chair of the UK Regenerative Medicine Platform Board and was a member of the UK Government’s Office for Life Sciences Industrial Strategy Board that developed the UK’s Life Sciences Industrial Strategy, that was published in August 2017. In addition, he is chair of the Scientific Advisory Board at the UK Antimicrobial Resistance Research and Development Centre.

Sinn Fein MLA Caoimhe Archibald has congratulated the newly appointed Vice Chancellor of Queen's University Belfast, Professor Ian Greer.

The Party's Further and Higher Education Spokesperson said: "I would like to congratulate Professor Ian Greer who has been appointed as the new Vice Chancellor of Queen's University Belfast.

"Queen's University is a world-class institution in both education and research and innovation, it plays a key role in our society and economy.

"I look forward to working with Professor Greer in the time ahead as he takes up his new appointment."

Belfast Telegraph