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Professor Michael Arthur

Professor Michael Arthur DM FRCP FMedSci PFHE is President and Provost of UCL, and the first clinical academic to hold this position in the history of the University. 

Professor Michael Arthur
Professor Michael Arthur

Previously he was Vice-Chancellor of the University of Leeds (2004-2013) where he is credited with guiding the university to academic excellence in research, innovation and student education, reaching a clear position amongst the top 100 universities in the world (QS ranking).

He is formerly Professor of Medicine (1992-2004), Head of the School of Medicine (1998-2001) and Dean of the Faculty of Medicine, Health and Life Sciences in Southampton (2003-04). During his tenure the Medical School achieved major growth in its research profile with excellent results in RAE 2001 and a maximum score (24/24 points) in the Quality Assurance Exercise of Medical Education.

Professor Arthur is a hepatologist, with research interests in liver cell biology and the cell and molecular pathogenesis of liver fibrosis, developed initially under the guidance of Monty Bissell at the Liver Center Laboratory, University of California, San Francisco (1986-1988). More recently Professor Arthur was as a Fulbright Distinguished Scholar at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York (2002) working in Scott Friedman’s laboratory. He was awarded the Linacre medal of the Royal College of Physicians in 1994 and became a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences in 1998. In 2015, Professor Arthur became the first Vice-Chancellor of a Russell Group University to become a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Professor Arthur has a significant national and international profile in Higher Education as well as Medicine. He was Chair of the Advisory Group for National Specialised Services for the Department of Health (2010 – 2013) and was a longstanding member of the Council of the Medical Research Council (2006-2014). He was also a US/UK Fulbright Commissioner and a former Chair of both the Worldwide Universities Network and the Russell Group of Universities. In addition, Professor Arthur is a member of the Hot Courses Academic Advisory Board.

Other Charities

  • Centre for London
  • Russell Group
  • UCL Partners
  • CASE Europe

Other Directorships/Trusteeships (updated January 2019)

  • Member, Hot Courses Academic Advisory Board
  • Board member, Russell Group 
  • Advisory Board member, Springboard Bursary Foundation 
  • Member, Universities UK 
  • Member, National Centre for Universities and Business 
  • Trustee, Centre for London 
  • Member, Cancer Research UK
  • Member, UCL Partners
  • Trustee, CASE Europe
  • Chair, Russell Group EU Advisory Group 
  • Board Member, LERU (League of European Research Universities)