Professor Paul Boyle was appointed Vice-Chancellor of Swansea University in 2019. Prior to this he was President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Leicester. Previously, Paul was Chief Executive of the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), the UK’s largest funding agency for social science research; the International Champion of Research Councils UK, with responsibility for international strategy on behalf of all seven UK research councils; and President of Science Europe, representing over 50 European funding agencies.

Paul is a Fellow of the British Academy, The Royal Society of Edinburgh, the Academy of Social Sciences, and the Royal Geographical Society of Scotland.  He is Chair of the Universities Wales Research and Innovation Network; a Board Member of Universities UK, who provide leadership and support to executive heads of 133 UK University institutions as well as Chair of their Research Policy Network; Vice-President of the European University Association which represents over 800 universities in 48 countries; and a Council Member and Trustee of the Association of Commonwealth Universities, which has over 500 member institutions in 37 Commonwealth countries.

Paul is an ‘impact champion’ for the United Nations HeForShe global solidarity movement for gender equality and on the Advisory Board of Sporting Equals, promoting ethnic diversity in sport and physical activity.

Contact:     Kate Rauwerda, Executive Officer to the Vice-Chancellor
Direct line: +44 (0)1792 295154

Paul Boyle, Vice-Chancellor on Abbey Steps