Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research and Innovation
Professor Helen Griffiths was appointed Pro-Vice-Chancellor with responsibility for Research & Innovation at Swansea University in August 2020. Prior to this, she was Executive Dean of the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences at the University of Surrey. Previously, Helen was Pro Vice-Chancellor International following from five years as Executive Dean of Life & Health Sciences at Aston University. Helen has been a member of the respective University Executive Boards and Councils since 2009.
Helen is responsible for leading the development, implementation and continuous improvement of Swansea University’s Research & Innovation Strategy.
Helen is an alumnus of Bath University where she gained a BSc (Hons) in Biochemistry, and of Birmingham University (PhD from the Faculty of Medicine). Helen has published over 170 peer-reviewed papers. She has pursued an increase in understanding of mechanisms of inflammation and degenerative diseases that increase with ageing
Helen was awarded a personal Chair in Biomedical Sciences in 2005 from Aston University. She founded the Aston Centre for Healthy Ageing in 2009 and has received prizes for research. Helen’s research has always been collaborative in nature, with clinicians and industrial partners, with the goal to develop new research talent and knowledge, which together have a positive impact on healthy ageing.
Helen is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Biology and a member of the Editorial Board for Redox Biology. She has previously served on the Boards of Surrey Sports Park and of Surrey County Council Health and Wellbeing Board. She has been a member of the Council of Governors for two major Health Trusts in Birmingham and Guildford.