New President and Vice-Chancellor appointed 11 Nov 2013

Queen's University Belfast appoints new Vice-Chancellor, Professor Patrick Johnston.

"Professor Johnston, a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences, is an outstanding academic with a distinguished record of achievement. Throughout his career, he has led transformational projects, and combines vision with a determination and passion to deliver change which will benefit society as a whole.

“Professor Johnston graduated with distinction in medicine from University College Dublin in 1982.  He continued his medical training at the Mater and St James’s University Teaching Hospitals in Dublin, prior to securing a Fellowship at the National Cancer Institute, USA, in 1987.  He was appointed as Professor and Head of the Department of Oncology at Queen’s and Belfast City Hospital in 1996.  In that capacity, he led the modernisation of cancer services in Northern Ireland, developing the new Northern Ireland Clinical Cancer Centre.  This was followed by the creation of the Centre for Cancer Research and Cell Biology, culminating in the University being awarded the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Anniversary Prize in 2012 for its leadership of the Northern Ireland Comprehensive Cancer Services programme.

“In September 2007, Professor Johnston was appointed as Dean of the School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences, which has over 500 faculty, some 2,000 undergraduate students, 460 postgraduate students and an annual turnover of £60m.

“Nationally, Professor Johnston serves on the Medical Research Council (MRC) Strategy Board, chairs the MRC Translational Research Group, and was previously a member of the MRC Molecular and Cellular Medicine Board. He also currently serves on the Cancer Research UK (CR-UK) Science Executive/Advisory Board. Internationally, he serves on the American Society for Clinical Oncology Programme Advisory Board and the Japanese Academy for Advanced Oncology.

“On behalf of the staff, students and Governing Body of the University, I wish Paddy every success – I know you will all give him your full support.”

Sir David Fell, Pro-Chancellor and Chair of Senate

Speaking about his appointment as the University’s 12th President and Vice-Chancellor, Professor Johnston commented,

“This is a proud day for both me and my family and I thank Queen’s University for choosing me to be its next President and Vice-Chancellor.  I very much look forward to leading this distinguished institution and working alongside its exceptional staff and students. It is an honour and privilege to be given this opportunity to further develop and enhance the reputation and standing of Queen’s.”

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