Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research and Impact)

Professor Nicholas J Talbot FRS

Professor Nick Talbot FRS is Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Research and Impact and Professor of Molecular Genetics at the University of Exeter. Professor Talbot was appointed Professor of Molecular Genetics in 1999, Head of the School of Biosciences in 2005, and Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Research and Impact in 2010.

Professor Talbot is a graduate of the University of Wales, Swansea where he obtained his Bachelor’s degree in Microbiology and went on to receive his PhD in Molecular Genetics from the University of East Anglia. Following this, Professor Talbot undertook a period of postdoctoral research at Purdue University in the USA. Professor Talbot is currently a European Research Council Advanced Investigator and also holds grants from BBSRC, The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the Halpin Trust. Professor Talbot has authored over 150 scientific papers and has given more than 250 invited presentations in 28 countries. He is Chair of The Sainsbury Laboratory Council and was Chair of Rothamsted Research from 2009-14. Professor Talbot was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Biology (FRSB) in 2010, a member of EMBO in 2013, a member of the Academia Europaea in 2014 and a Fellow of The Royal Society (FRS) in 2014.

In September 2018, Professor Talbot will become Executive Director of The Sainsbury Laboratory, the world’s premier research centre for plant disease research.

The Role and Responsibilities of the Deputy Vice Chancellor for Research and Impact

As Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Research and Impact, Professor Talbot oversees a total research portfolio of £299 million and leads the research vision and strategy for the University.

Professor Talbot is responsible for research activity that includes:

  • Our preparation for the Research Excellence Framework in 2021.
  • Our interdisciplinary institutes, including the Environment and Sustainability Institute and the Living System Institute, and the development of our Global Systems Institute and Data Science and Artificial Intelligence Institute.
  • Strategic leadership of our Doctoral College, the University Ethics Committee and the Research and Impact Strategy Management Group.
  • Delivery of impact from the University of Exeter’s research through knowledge exchange, effective public.

Professor Talbot represents the University externally via a number of research related groups including:

  • The EU Advisory Group for the Russell Group of Universities
  • GW4 Board, our regional alliance of the Universities of Bristol, Bath, Cardiff and Exeter, which Professor Talbot currently chairs.

Find out more on Nick Talbot's Research Group website. Nick also contributes to the Senior Management Blog.