New Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research and Enterprise

The University of Leicester is pleased to confirm Professor Philip Baker to the post of Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research and Enterprise, following a formal recruitment process.

The Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research and Enterprise is an Executive Board post that will oversee the University’s research, innovation and enterprise portfolio, including its vital research work into COVID-19; the University of Leicester is currently in the top 10 in the UK for funding awarded into COVID-19. The role will also realise the opening of the £100m Space Park Leicester, a national centre of world-leading space research, inclusive education and space-enabled industry, opening later this year.  

Professor Baker joined the University of Leicester in 2015 where he is currently Pro-Vice-Chancellor and Head of the College of Life Sciences, and Dean of Medicine.

Prior to this, Phil held prominent research leadership positions across the globe, including directing the Manchester NIHR Biomedical Research Centre, the New Zealand National Centre for Growth and Development, and the International Pregnancy Research Alliance. Since coming to Leicester, he has continued to publish extensively.

Professor Nishan Canagarajah, President and Vice-Chancellor at the University of Leicester, said: “I would like to congratulate Phil on his appointment to the role. I look forward to continuing working with him as he moves to focus on delivering world-leading research and enterprise that transforms lives.”

Professor Baker’s formal appointment to the post commences on 5 April 2021.