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Professor Saul Tendler

Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Provost



As the Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Provost, in liaison with the Vice-Chancellor, I have executive oversight of the effective delivery and co-ordination of the University’s academic strategy and planning activities. Reporting directly to the Vice-Chancellor, I contribute to policy and strategy formulation and ensure the effective resourcing, management, and future strategic direction of the University.

I deputise and have responsibility on behalf of the Vice-Chancellor for areas of university activity as and when required.

Biography in brief

Professor Tendler joined the University of York on 1 September 2015. He gained a BSc in Pharmacy at the University of Manchester in 1982 and was awarded a PhD from the University of Aston in 1986. From 1986-1988 he was a Medical Research Council Training Fellow at the National Institute for Medical Research, Mill Hill, before being appointed to a Lectureship at the School of Pharmacy at the University of Nottingham. He was subsequently promoted to Reader and Professor of Biophysical Chemistry in 1998. From 1999 to 2003, Professor Tendler was Dean of the University of Nottingham's Graduate School. For the next six years he headed Nottingham’s School of Pharmacy before becoming a Pro-Vice-Chancellor in 2009.

Professor Tendler has significant experience of research and technology transfer. He was a founding director of Molecular Profiles Ltd. His research has resulted in more than 200 peer-reviewed publications, the award of a DSc and has been recognised through a number of prizes. He has served on many funding council and research council boards and committees and was Chair of the MRC/BBSRC/EPSRC Discipline Hopping Panel. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry, and was designated a Fellow of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain in 2000.

Roles and responsibilities

What is your day job?

Key elements of the role are to oversee the development, implementation and refinement of the University’s new Strategic Plan and to ensure delivery is aligned to the University’s corporate objectives. In addition I lead on academic strategy, ensuring that academic targets in the University’s Strategic plan are met. I am also the academic lead for the University’s internationalisation strategy, developing strong networks and appropriate partnerships globally to enhance the reputation of the University.

Role on The Board

As an individual who has previously been a Head of Department, PVC for Teaching and Learning, as well as PVC for Research, I bring a wide-range of academic and leadership skills and experience. Most importantly I recognize the huge importance of teaching and learning and research in a modern world-class university.

Other responsibilities

I have been appointed by HEFCE to the UK Healthcare Education Advisory Committee; this body advises HEFCE, SFC, HEFCW, and DENI on matters of healthcare research and teaching, including medicine, dentistry, nursing, pharmacy and other allied healthcare professions. It acts as the principle interface between the funding bodies and the NHS.

I am also a member of the Editorial Board of the Conversation. This exciting publishing initiative works to disseminate the best academic work into the public domain.

About me

What makes me tick?

I believe that universities are hugely exciting places to work. We have outstanding colleagues, students and great facilities and resources. At the same time we sit in a global network of excellence. There are very few other professions that have such challenges, excellence and global impact.

In my spare time I enjoy being with my family, reading and sailing my dinghy. 

My vision for the University

I am excited to see the University continue to move from strength-to strength. I would hope that it would maintain its position as one of the most successful UK institutions, which delivers outstanding teaching and undertakes work-leading research with real, or future, impact. At the same time, it maintains and further develops the efficiency, resource and facilities required to compete at the highest level. 


I am very proud of the research that I have undertaken, especially the development of atomic force microscopy as a biophysical tool. I have also enjoyed teaching students a range of spectroscopic techniques; I take great pleasure in the success of my students.

Register of interests

Register of Interests (September 2017)

  • Royal Society of Chemistry - Fellow
  • Royal Pharmaceutical Society  - Fellow
  • York Science Park Ltd - Chair of Board
  • The Conversation - Editoral Board Member
  • HEFCE Healthcare Education Advisory Committee - Member
  • Higher York  - Chair of Board
  • Yorkshire Universities - Member, Executive Management Group

2017-18 Expenses

Below are the travel and expenses for Professor Saul Tendler covering the period August 2017 until January 2018.

Saul Tendler expenses Aug - Oct 2017 (PDF  , 119kb)

Saul Tendler expenses Nov 2017 - Jan 2018 (PDF  , 124kb)



2016-17 Expenses

2015-16 expenses

Below are the travel and expenses for Professor Saul Tendler covering the period September 2015 to July 2016.

 Saul Tendler expenses Sep 15 - Jan 16 (PDF  , 8kb)

 Saul Tendler Expenses Feb-Apr 2016 (PDF  , 98kb)

Saul Tendler Expenses May - July 2016 (PDF  , 5kb)

Professor Saul Tendler

Contact Details

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