Pro-Vice-Chancellors and Heads of College

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Professor Paul Monks

Pro-Vice-Chancellor and Head of the College of Science and Engineering

Professor Paul Monks is Pro-Vice-Chancellor and Head of the College of Science and Engineering. In this role he has overall strategic and operational responsibility for the College and is a member of the University Leadership Team.

Paul is a Professor in Atmospheric Chemistry and Earth Observation Science at the University of Leicester.

Born in St. Helens in the UK, he received his BSc degree from the University of Warwick and his DPhil from the University of Oxford in 1991. In 1992 he took up NAS/NRC Fellowship in Astrochemistry at NASA/Goddard (USA) before returning in 1994 to the UK to work a post-doctoral position at the School of Environmental Sciences at UEA. In 1996 he was appointed to a lectureship in Earth Observation Science in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Leicester being promoted to a Readership in Atmospheric Chemistry in 2003 and a Professorship in 2007. He is a fellow of the Royal Meteorological Society and the Royal Society of Chemistry.

His research experience covers the broad areas of air quality, atmospheric composition and climate change. Paul is the chair of the Defra Air Quality expert group that provides independent science advice on air quality as well as a member of Defra Science Advisory Council. He is the European representative on the Environmental Pollution and Atmospheric Chemistry Scientific Steering Committee (EPAC SSC) of the World Meteorological Organisation and ICACGP (International commission on atmospheric chemistry and global pollution). Paul also sits on the Satellite Applications Catapult advisory group, the Royal Society Global Environmental Research Committee and NERC audit committee. He has just finished a term as co-chair of the IGBP-International Global Atmospheric Chemistry program.


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Professor Henrietta O'Connor

Pro-Vice-Chancellor and Head of the College of Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities

Professor Henrietta O’Connor is Head of the College of Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities and a member of the University Leadership Team. 

Henrietta is a Professor of Sociology and joined the University’s Centre for Labour Market Studies in 1997, before moving to the School of Media, Communication and Sociology in August 2014. She is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, an Academic Fellow of CIPD and an elected trustee of the British Sociological Association.

She received her undergraduate degree in Human Geography from Queen Mary College, University of London and was awarded an MLitt from Trinity College, Dublin. Henrietta completed her PhD at the University of Leicester.

Henrietta has played an active role at the University of Leicester. In addition to her role as Head of the College of Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities, she is also Chair of the University Equality and Diversity Committee. Previously, she was Head of Department of the Centre for Labour Market Studies. She has also held posts as Sub-Dean of Graduate Studies and Director of Postgraduate Research in the College of Social Science.

Henrietta's principal research interests focus on the sociology of work, in particular debates around transitions to and from the labour market.


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Professor Philip Baker

Pro-Vice-Chancellor and Head of the College of Life Sciences, Dean of Medicine

Born and bred in Leicester, Professor Philip Baker trained in Nottingham, Cambridge and Pittsburgh before taking Chairs of obstetrics in Nottingham and then Manchester. He led both Manchester’s successful bid for an NIHR Biomedical Research Centre and the Manchester medical school, before moving to head the Medical School in Edmonton, Canada.

He remained in Edmonton as special adviser to the Provost before being appointed as the Director of the National Centre of Growth and Development in New Zealand. During this time he also directed a pregnancy research centre in Chongqing, China, and the Chinese Government appointed him as a National Distinguished Professor.

Professor Baker is a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences, and a Fellow of the Royal Colleges of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists in both New Zealand and the UK. He was principal author of the position paper on ‘Health of Women and Children’ that was considered at the 2010 G8 Summit.