Ian Greer has been President and Vice-Chancellor of Queen’s University Belfast since August 2018. He has extensive experience of university innovation driving regional economic growth, including cross-sector developments such as the Northern Health Science Alliance, a collaboration of eight Universities and NHS partners, and is the cofounder of the Health Innovation Research Alliance for NI. He leads the innovation pillar of the Belfast Region City Deal, driving innovation in key sectors for the local economy – creative industries, health innovation, data science & analytics, and advanced manufacturing.
He is a strong advocate for University social responsibility including widening participation. He is the immediate past President of Universities Ireland, promoting collaboration across the island, as well as a member of the Research England Council and the British Council’s Education Advisory Group (EAG).
By way of background, he is a medical graduate of the University of Glasgow, with his research and clinical career in obstetrics & gynaecology. He has held senior leadership positions in several UK Universities, and was Vice President of the University of Manchester, immediately before moving to Queen’s.