Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research and Impact)

Professor Neil Gow FRS

Professor Neil Gow is Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Research and Impact and Professor of Microbiology at the University of Exeter. Professor Gow was appointed in September 2018.

Professor Gow is a graduate of the University of Edinburgh where he obtained his Bachelors degree in Microbiology and went on to receive his PhD in 1982 from the University of Aberdeen. Following this, Professor Gow undertook a period of postdoctoral research at the National Jewish Hospital for Immunology and Respiratory Medicine and University of Colorado, Denver, USA. He was appointed as a Lecturer to the University of Aberdeen and “received” a personal Chair in 1995. At the University of Aberdeen Professor Gow held various senior positions including Head of Microbiology Research Programme, 2002-2011, Director of Research and Commercialisation, College of Life Sciences and Medicine, 2011 – 2015 and Co-Director, MRC Centre for Medical Mycology, 2017-2018.

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

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

Professor Gow 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 engagement.

Professor Gow 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 Gow currently chairs.