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Professor Dame Nancy Rothwell, DBE

President and Vice-Chancellor, The University of Manchester

Professor Dame Nancy Rothwell

Professor Dame Nancy Rothwell, FRS, President and Vice-Chancellor, leads by example. Her own research in the field of neuroscience, which is ongoing, has contributed towards major advances in the understanding and treatment of brain damage in stroke and head injury.

She joined The University of Manchester in 1987, became Professor of Physiology in 1994 and held an MRC Research Chair from 1998 to 2010. Concurrent with her Faculty posts she has also held University roles as Vice-President for Research (2004-2007) and as Deputy President and Deputy Vice-Chancellor (2007-2010).

She was elected Fellow of The Royal Society in June 2004 and made Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire in June 2005 in recognition of her services to science.

Professor Rothwell became President and Vice-Chancellor in July 2010 - the first woman to lead The University of Manchester or either of its two predecessor institutions. She was the founding President of The Royal Society of Biology and has also served as a non-executive director of AstraZeneca. She is currently Co-Chair of the Prime Minister’s Council for Science and Technology, a Deputy Lieutenant for Greater Manchester, Chair of Corridor Manchester Board, a member of the Greater Manchester Local Enterprise Partnership Board and a member of the Northern Powerhouse Partnership Board. Professor Rothwell takes a strong and active interest in the public communication of science.