Strategic development of UCL research

In response to the changing research landscape (and with the approaching Research Excellence Framework), the Office of the Vice-Provost (Research) – OVPR – will be refreshing the UCL Research Strategy in the coming months, as well as continuing to deliver on the appropriate parts of UCL 2034.

UCL staff are invited to express interest in a strategic pro bono role working with the Vice-Provost (Research) and OVPR colleagues to develop UCL’s future activities in research coordination, research policy, research impact, research integrity and ethics, and cross-disciplinarity. Please email Sarah Chaytor and Nicholas Tyndale with a brief outline of what and how you would like to contribute.

This is an opportunity to play a role in institutional citizenship; we anticipate that, in the first instance, these roles will require a minimum of five days’ commitment over this academic year. Please use this website to explore current OVPR activities.

The UCL Vice-Provost (Research)


Professor David Price is UCL Vice-Provost (Research), responsible to the Provost for:

  • promoting, supporting and facilitating UCL’s research performance
  • leading the implementation of the UCL Research Strategy
  • leading UCL’s preparation for future research assessment exercises (REF) under the proposed new model
  • the implementation of full economic costing for research and subsequently teaching. 

He is Professor of Mineral Physics and has held the following posts at UCL:

  • Executive Dean, UCL Faculty of Mathematical & Physical Sciences
  • Head of the UCL Department of Earth Sciences Faculty and Director of the UCL/Birkbeck Research School of Earth Sciences
  • Vice-Dean (Research), UCL Faculty of Mathematical & Physical Sciences
  • Head of the UCL Department of Geological Sciences and Director of the UCL/Birkbeck Research School of Geological & Geophysical Sciences.

David has an undergraduate degree and a PhD from the University of Cambridge. He was a Fulbright-Hayes Scholar and Research Associate at the University of Chicago and a Research Fellow at Clare College Cambridge, before coming to UCL in 1983 as a Royal Society University Research Fellow. 

He was one of the first to establish the now major field of computational mineral physics, and has published more than 240 research papers. He was awarded the Schlumberger Medal of the Mineralogical Society of Great Britain in 1999, the Murchison Medal of the Geological Society of London in 2002 and in 2006 he was awarded the Louis Néel Medal of the European Geosciences Union for “establishing the importance of computational mineral physics in Earth sciences and for outstanding contributions to the physics of the Earth's core".

David is a Member of the Academia Europaea and an Elected Fellow of the American Geophysical Union and of the Mineralogical Society of America. He has been an editor of Elsevier’s Earth and Planetary Science Letters, and was President of the Mineralogical Society of Great Britain and Ireland. He was a member of the UK’s HEFCE RAE2008 sub-panel on Earth and Environmental Sciences, and will chair the REF2014 sub-panel in this area.

He is a Trustee of the Royal Institution and is Chair of Governors of the UCL Academy School, Camden. 

Download his full CV.

Contact details

Office of the Vice-Provost (Research), UCL, Gower Street, London WC1E 6BT, UK

+44 (0)20 7679 7083


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