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Professor Saul Tendler to be Acting Vice-Chancellor

Posted on 10 July 2018

The University of York will appoint Professor Saul Tendler, currently Deputy Vice-Chancellor & Provost, as Acting Vice-Chancellor from 1 November 2018.

Professor Tendler will take on the role of Acting Vice-Chancellor

Professor Tendler will take on the role while the recruitment process for Vice-Chancellor is overseen by the Chair of Council, Gerard Lemos, is underway.

The current Vice-Chancellor, Professor Koen Lamberts, will leave the University on 31 October 2018 to become the President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Sheffield.


Professor Tendler has been Deputy Vice-Chancellor & Provost since September 2015. He has executive oversight of the effective delivery and co-ordination of the University’s academic strategy and planning activities.

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.


Professor Tendler said: “I am delighted and honoured to take on the position of Acting Vice-Chancellor at such an exciting time in the University’s history.

"My role will be to ensure continuity across key areas of our work in teaching, research and knowledge exchange, providing all of our students an outstanding learning environment.

"I look forward to continuing to work with our staff and students and engaging with our global alumni and partnership networks."

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