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University of London appoints interim Vice-Chancellor

London, 8 June 2018 – Professor Peter Kopelman has been appointed as interim Vice-Chancellor of the University of London following Professor Sir Adrian Smith’s departure in August to lead The Alan Turing Institute.

Interim Vice-Chancellor Professor Peter Kopelman
Interim Vice-Chancellor Professor Peter Kopelman

Sir Richard Dearlove, chair of the Board of Trustees, commented: “I look very much forward to working with Peter during the interim. His appointment is a strong statement for continuity.”

As the former Principal of St George’s, University of London, Professor Kopelman has been a longstanding supporter of the University for many years, participating in Collegiate Council and chairing numerous committees and reviews. He was also a University Trustee (2011-13) and received an honorary degree from the University in 2016. Most recently Peter has been advising the University on development of distance learning programmes to support health professionals. 

Professor Kopelman’s research background is in diabetes and obesity and he remains Emeritus Professor of Medicine at St George’s as well as Adjunct Professor of Medicine at Thomas Jefferson University Philadelphia. He also continues to play a prominent role in the NHS and higher education health policy and training, chairing national committees and the Royal Pharmaceutical Society Faculty Board.  

On hearing the announcement, Professor Sir Adrian Smith said: “I am very pleased that someone of Peter’s stature and reputation will be the interim Vice-Chancellor. His immense knowledge of higher education and his long association with the University and its member institutions make him ideally placed to lead the University until a permanent Vice-Chancellor can take up the role.”   

Professor Peter Kopelman said: "It is a privilege to be appointed interim Vice-Chancellor of the University of London. I am conscious of the considerable contribution Professor Sir Adrian Smith has made to the University, and the importance of continuing the momentum and the close partnership with the University's member institutions. I look forward to returning to the University." 

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