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