He is the University’s 13th Vice-Chancellor, taking over from Professor Sir Eric Thomas who retired last month after 14 years as academic leader and chief executive of the world-leading university.
Professor Brady, who was previously Professor of Medicine and Healthcare Strategy and President of University College Dublin, will develop a new vision and strategy for the University of Bristol during his first few months in the role.
He plans to focus particularly on the student experience, building research scale, the relationship between the University and the city/region, and internationalisation.
He said: “It is a huge privilege to join this great institution, and I look forward to working with staff, students, alumni, collaborators and friends to help the organisation take its next steps forward.
“A university and its city are inextricably linked and I look forward to making the most of that link in my role here in Bristol. To me, Dublin, where I have spent most of my life, and Bristol have some similar charms and challenges: beauty, vibrancy and desirability as a place to live, coupled with a need to make their place in the world.
“I look forward to working with partners across the city to maximise the valuable link the University of Bristol has with its wonderful city and region.”
Professor Brady joins Bristol at a time when the University’s global reputation for education, research and enterprise continues to rise, with its research being ranked 5th in the UK according to analysis of the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014.
It was ranked within the top 30 universities in the world in the QS World University rankings 2014 and 7th in the UK and is one of the UK’s most targeted universities by top employers.
The University is one of the city’s largest employers with some 6,000 members of staff. It is a major force in the economic, social and cultural life of Bristol and the region, and is also a significant player on the world stage.
It has over 16,000 undergraduates and nearly 6,000 postgraduate students from more than 100 countries, and its research and educational links span the globe.
Professor Brady was appointed President and Chief Officer of University College Dublin in 2004 and led UCD through a strategic and physical transformation that enabled it to increase its market share of the most able students, grow its international student numbers, boost its research income and performance, expand its international partnerships, and increase its income from philanthropy and other non-governmental sources.
During his academic career, Professor Brady has held fellowship and academic positions at globally prestigious institutions, including Harvard University and the University of Toronto. He is an international authority on the pathogenesis of diabetic kidney disease.