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University appoints International Pro-Vice-Chancellor to grow reputation across the globe

The University of Hull has appointed Professor Philip Gilmartin to engage with universities around the world, forging new partnerships and strengthening the University’s global reputation.

He is the first International Pro-Vice-Chancellor the University has appointed and this role will help to attract even more international experts and students to the city.

Professor Gilmartin, a plant geneticist, takes up his position today (Monday, April 1.)

He comes from the University of East Anglia, where he held the position of Pro-Vice-Chancellor of Science and Pro-Vice-Chancellor International jointly. 

He said:


I was looking for a new opportunity and the PVC role at Hull jumped off the page. 

“When I came here I just knew it was the right place to move. The University has a really great feel about it and there is real ambition here. There is the opportunity to build on the international agenda, and the fact that there has not been a PVC for International previously, means there is a lot of scope to really develop opportunities and make a real difference and a big impact.”

Alongside his PVC role, he will be carrying on his leading work in the field of plant genetics. 

His research focuses on the common primrose and the inner workings of the plant’s reproductive system, the significance of which was first described by Charles Darwin. 

Professor Gilmartin’s research has subsequently led his team to unravel the complete genome sequence of the popular garden flower, and to identify the genes controlling the biology that Darwin described.

His work will also create a new collaboration between the University of Hull and the University of Leeds.

Professor Gilmartin will combine Hull expertise in evolutionary biology with the plant science facilities at Leeds to continue his research, creating a number of opportunities for collaborators and students at both institutions.

He said: “It is a great opportunity to collaborate with colleagues at the University of Leeds and build links between the two universities, both within biological sciences and beyond, which is something I am very keen to do.”

Professor Susan Lea, Vice-Chancellor at the University of Hull, said: “I am delighted to welcome Professor Gilmartin, to this new role at the University of Hull. He brings with him a wealth of international experience which will help us accelerate our global agenda.  The opportunity afforded through the new relationship with Leeds in relation to Professor Gilmartin’s research is also very positive and will bring new regional and international collaborations to Hull.”


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