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Queen's University appoints new vice-chancellor

Professor Ian Greer

THE next vice-chancellor of Queen’s University Belfast will be Professor Ian Greer.

Professor Greer, who was born and educated in Scotland, is currently vice president of The University of Manchester.

His appointment was approved yesterday at a meeting of the university's governing senate.

He becomes the 13th vice-chancellor in the university's 172-year history. The position had been unfilled since the sudden death of Patrick Johnston last June.

A graduate of the University of Glasgow, he has held positions including a lecturer in obstetrics and gynaecology at the University of Edinburgh, dean of the Hull York Medical School and Pro-Vice-Chancellor of the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences at the University of Liverpool.

Prof Greer said it was a great honour and privilege to be selected.

"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," he said.

"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."

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