Queen’s University appoint Professor Ian Greer as the new Vice-Chancellor.

Professor Ian Greer, the 13th Vice-Chancellor and President of Queen’s University Belfast. Photo Source: StaffNet, The University of Manchester.

Gráinne Ní Ghréacháin, Editor. 

Queen’s University Belfast has made the decision to appoint Professor Ian Greer as the President and Vice-Chancellor of the University. The position lay vacant for seven months following the sudden death of Professor Patrick Johnston.

Professor Ian Greer, ”born and educated in Scotland,” is the current Vice President of The University of Manchester.

Today, Professor Ian Greer became the ”13th Vice-Chancellor in the University’s 172-year history.” He was appointed by Queen’s governing body during a meeting of senate this morning.

Professor Ian Greer graduated from the University of Glasgow and was later ”appointed a Research Fellow at the Department of Medicine, Glasgow in 1982.” In 1987, he began lecturing at the University of Edinburgh in Obstetrics and Gynaecology.

In 1991, he became Head of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at the University of Glasgow. In 2003, he became Deputy Dean in the Faculty of Medicine. He was Pro Vice-Chancellor at the University of Liverpool in 2010, before moving to the University of Manchester, where he has Vice-President and Dean of the Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health since 2015.

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.”

Mr Stephen Prenter, who is the current Pro-Chancellor and Chair of Senate, stated ”I am delighted to announce the appointment of Professor Ian Greer as our new President and Vice-Chancellor. 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 Ian Greer spoke following his appointment expressing how ”It is a great honour and privilege to be selected as the 13th President and Vice-Chancellor of Queen’s University Belfast.  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.”

”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.”

Professor Ian Greer will be taking up the position on August 1st, 2018.  The University has stated that “The vice-chancellor’s salary will be publicly available when he actually takes up post.”



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