Eric Jackson Thomas

Former Vice-Chancellor of Bristol University
Former Chair of the Worldwide Universities Network (WUN)
Former President of Universities UK (UUK)


Sir Eric was Vice-Chancellor of the University of Bristol 2001 – 2015, Chair of the Worldwide University Network 2003 – 2007 and President of Universities UK (representing all UK universities) 2011 – 2013. He graduated in Medicine from the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne in 1976 and is a fully trained Gynaecologist who specialized in reproductive medicine and endometriosis. He was Professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at the University of Southampton from 1991 -2001 and Head of the School of Medicine and then Dean from 1995 – 2000. He currently combines a portfolio of charitable trustee roles with running a busy consulting company in higher education. He is married with two children and recently became a grandfather. His brother, Damian, has lived and worked in Japan for 40 years so he has visited many times. He received a Knighthood from Queen Elizabeth II in 2013 for services to higher education.

Letter of Appointment

From the left, H. E. Mr. Hayasi, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary, Embassy of Japan in the United Kingdom and Sir Eric Jackson Thomas