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The principal officer of the University, responsible to the Board of Trustees for the organisation and conduct of the business of the University of London.

Interim Vice-Chancellor Professor Peter Kopelman
University of London Vice-Chancellor, Professor Peter Kopelman, MD DSc FRCP FFPH FAcadMEd

Professor Peter Kopelman was Principal at St George's, University of London 2008-15.  Prior to his appointment at St George’s in 2008, Professor Kopelman was Vice-Principal, Queen Mary, University of London and Deputy Warden of Barts & The London School of Medicine and Dentistry (2001-06), and Dean of the Faculty of Health, University of East Anglia (2006-08).

Professor Kopelman is active in health policy, education and research.  He has been chair or deputy chair of several national university committees that include University UK’s health education research policy group, UK Health Education Advisory Committee, University and Colleges Employer Association Clinical Academic Staff Advisory Group, and London Higher.  He was formerly a Trustee of the University of London. He is a member of NHS national policy and workforce committees, and has chaired the Clinical Examining Board of the Royal Colleges of Physicians (UK) and the NHIR Academic Careers Panel.  He is presently chair of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society Faculty & Education Board and Health Education England’s Oversight Board for Medical Associate Practitioners. He additionally is chair of the Board of Governors of Bancroft’s School, Woodford Green.

Professor Kopelman has a long-standing interest in diabetes care, nutrition and obesity with a major research interest in obesity.  He was a member of the UK Department of Health and Food Standards Agency Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition (2001-10), DH Expert Panel on Obesity (2008-10) and was Science Advisor to the Office of Science and Innovations Foresight Obesity Project (2005-09).  He has published extensively on obesity, edited textbooks on the condition, and chaired a number of Working Parties on obesity and nutrition for the Royal College of Physicians of London.  He is a past President of European Association for the Study of Obesity. His contribution to higher education and medicine have been recognised by the University of London and University of Nicosia through the awards of honorary Doctor of Science (Medicine).

Other Directorships/Trusteeships (updated January 2019)

  • Chair of Governing Body, Bancroft's School