Sir Alan Langlands
FRSE Hon FMedSci
Alan Langlands is the twelfth Vice-Chancellor of the University of Leeds, a major Russell Group University with a commitment to high quality education, a strong and dynamic research base and a track record of social, economic and cultural development. Before joining the University, he was the Chief Executive of the Higher Education Funding Council for England, responsible for promoting and funding high-quality education and research in universities and colleges with higher education programmes.
He was formerly the Principal and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Dundee (2000 to 2009) and Chief Executive of the NHS in England (1994 to 2000). He has a particular interest in the scientific basis of health services, and until 2012, he chaired the board of UK Biobank a major genetic epidemiology study funded principally by The Wellcome Trust and The Medical Research Council. He was also the chair of the board of the Health Foundation, a UK-wide charity committed to improving the quality of healthcare, until 2017.
Alan was knighted in 1998 for his services to the NHS, he is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, and an Honorary Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences. He is a science graduate of the University of Glasgow and was awarded an honorary doctorate by the University in 2001. In addition, he has a number of honorary degrees from major universities and Fellowships from five Medical Royal Colleges.
In the arts, he is a member of the Board of Governors of the Royal Northern College of Music and a Trustee of the Leeds International Piano Competition.
Amongst his other responsibilities, he is the Chair of the Universitys principal academic authority, the Senate, and of the University Executive Group.