Professor Ed Byrne appointed Vice-Chancellor of Monash University
21 November 2008
Professor Edward Byrne, UCL Vice-Provost (Health), has been appointed to the role of Vice-Chancellor of Monash University, Australia. He will commence his position at Monash at the end of UCL's academic year.
Professor Byrne is Head of the Medical School at UCL and Executive Dean of the new UCL Faculty of Biomedical Sciences, which was founded in 2006 from the merger of the former UCL Faculty of Clinical Sciences with the postgraduate medical research institutes at UCL.
Together with UCL's Professor Peter Mobbs, Professor Byrne has been instrumental in the consolidation of biomedical and life sciences expertise through the UCL School of Medical & Life Sciences, helping to draw together UCL's capabilities from basic research through to effective treatments for disease.
In August 2008, Professor Byrne also represented UCL in the creation of UCL Partners, in which UCL has joined forces with its teaching hospitals to create the largest academic health science partnership in Europe. The venture brings UCL together with the Great Ormond Street, Moorfields, Royal Free, and University College London Hospitals NHS Trusts - creating a combined partnership comprising over 3,500 scientists, senior researchers and consultants. The creation of UCL Partners provides a significant boost to NHS patients in London.
Professor Byrne said: "UCL is the leading biomedical research university in Europe and will go from strength to strength in the years ahead. I will be looking to strengthen collaborative links when I return to Australia."
UCL Provost and President, Professor Malcolm Grant, added: "Our warmest congratulations go to Ed Byrne on this appointment, though we shall all be sorry indeed to lose him. In his time at UCL he has made an outstanding contribution to the strategic direction of biomedical sciences here, with a view to cementing UCL's position as Europe's leading centre for biomedical teaching and research. Under his leadership we have succeeded both in consolidating and refocusing our efforts, while at the same time taking on board several major new projects and challenges."
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Image: Professor Ed Byrne