Professor John Iredale has been appointed as the University of Bristol’s new Pro Vice-Chancellor for Health. He will take up the post on 18 January 2016.
Professor Iredale is currently Regius Professor of Medical Science, Head of the School of Medicine and Vice-Principal (Health Services) at the University of Edinburgh. He was Deputy Chair for Clinical Medicine in REF 2014, and during his career he has developed close links with funding bodies including the Department of Health, the Wellcome Trust, NHS and other major university partners together with the UK and international clinical academic community.
The Pro Vice-Chancellor (Health) is a new role that will provide leadership across the University health community, and will work closely with Bristol Health Partners and key regional, national and international partners to enable the University to deliver greater impact in health research, innovation and outcomes and medical and health education.
Over the course of Professor Iredale’s career he has held positions in several universities and hospitals including University College London, the University of Southampton, Southampton General Hospital and Edinburgh Royal Infirmary.
He joined the University of Edinburgh in 2006 as Professor of Medicine, becoming Director of the MRC Centre for Inflammation Research in 2009 and is recognised as a leader in the area of inflammation research. He took over running the Medical School in 2010, becoming Dean of Clinical Medicine and then Vice-Principal (Health Services) in 2014. Professor Iredale has also been a Non-Executive Director of NHS Lothian, one of the UK’s largest territorial health boards, since 2010. He is a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh.
Professor Hugh Brady, Vice-Chancellor at the University of Bristol, said: “We are delighted that Professor Iredale will be joining us in the New Year. He brings with him a wealth of knowledge and experience, from his current and previous positions, his involvement in the REF process and from his close links with funders that will enable us to build on our current success in this important area.”
Professor Iredale said: “I feel very privileged and excited to be joining the University of Bristol in this new role. I am looking forward to working with my future colleagues to determine the University’s role in shaping and responding to the challenges facing the next generation of health research and teaching.”