Edinburgh welcomes new V-C

Prof Peter Mathieson will begin his tenure as the next Principal and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Edinburgh later this week

Professor Mathieson, a specialist in renal medicine, will teach second-year medical students at the end of the week as part of their undergraduate degree programme. He will lecture on kidney physiology and disease.

He joins Edinburgh from the University of Hong Kong where he was President and Vice-Chancellor, having previously been Dean of the Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry at the University of Bristol.

“I’m passionate about teaching – the best teachers can be instrumental in inspiring people to go on to do great things,” said Professor Mathieson, who holds a first class Honours degree in Medicine from the University of London and a PhD from the University of Cambridge.

“Of the awards I’ve been fortunate enough to receive, I am most proud of being voted Teacher of the Year by Cambridge medical students in 1992 and Top Teacher 2011-12 by foundation doctors at University Hospitals Bristol. The standard of teaching we as universities deliver is central to the overall quality of the student experience.”

Our main objective will always be to conduct world-class teaching and research, but there are so many areas for consideration – how we continue to ensure that the University remains globally relevant, how we widen access to the University, how we work most productively with our partners and neighbours in this great city. It’s going to be a hugely exciting time

Reflecting on the commencement of his new role at Edinburgh, he said: “I’m delighted to have the opportunity to lead one of the world’s great universities into an exciting new chapter. I have been left a very strong legacy on which to build during what are stimulating and challenging times in the world of higher education.

“One of my earliest priorities will be to meet and speak to as many students, members of staff, alumni and other stakeholders as possible to help me to develop a sense of the main themes I want to concentrate on in the early days of my time in post.

“Our main objective will always be to conduct world-class teaching and research, but there are so many areas for consideration – how we continue to ensure that the University remains globally relevant, how we widen access to the University, how we work most productively with our partners and neighbours in this great city. It’s going to be a hugely exciting time.”

Professor Mathieson will succeed Professor Sir Timothy O’Shea as Principal and Vice-Chancellor, who is standing down from the role after more than 15 years at the helm of Scotland’s largest university.