Professor Hilary Lappin-Scott

Pro-Vice-Chancellor - Research and Innovation and Strategic Development

Professor Hilary Lappin-Scott graduated from the University of Warwick (BSc and PhD) and then held Post-doctoral Fellowships in the UK and Canada before her appointment as Lecturer in Microbiology at the University of Exeter in 1990. She was awarded a Personal Chair in Microbiology in 1999. Her research group works on unravelling the complexities within microbial biofilm communities and has resulted in the publication of over 200 scientific papers in Microbial Ecology and the successful training of 50 PhD students to completion, many of whom have senior academic or senior posts in multi-national businesses. During her 20 years at the University of Exeter Prof Lappin-Scott was Head of Biosciences and then Dean of the Postgraduate Faculty and duties included improving all aspects of the postgraduate student experience across all three campuses and establishing research within the newly formed Peninsula Medical School.

Professor Lappin-Scott joined Swansea University in 2010 and is the University lead on Research and Innovation and has a cross cutting role on Strategic Development. Responsibilities within Strategic Development include devising the University Strategic Plans (2012-2017); the Swansea University Employability Academy, undertaking reviews of strategy and activities of various Schools/Colleges and devising the University’s Research and Innovation Strategy 2015-2020. External Relations roles include interactions with HEFCW, Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University (ABMU) Health Board, Welsh Government, Universities UK (UUK) as well as other key external stakeholders.

Professor Lappin-Scott was elected President of the Society for General Microbiology (2009-2012) and was President of the International Society for Microbial Ecology (2006-2010). She is currently a member of the International Board of the American Society of Microbiology and a Founder of the European Academy of Microbiology. She co-founded the “ISME Journal” with the Nature Publishing Group, internationally acknowledged to be the leading journal in Microbial Ecology. Prof Lappin-Scott is a Fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology, the Society of Biology, and the European Academy of Microbiology and the Linnean Society.  She is a Trustee of the Alacrity Foundation and the Daphne Jackson Trust. She acts in a number of roles outside of Swansea including being a member of the REF2014 panel on Earth Systems and Environmental Sciences, a member of the review panel for the European Research Council and as an external reviewer of research for a number of leading European universities.