Wendy Purcell


Professor Wendy Purcell is the Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive of the University of Plymouth, and was appointed in December 2007.  She was previously Deputy Vice-Chancellor at the University of Hertfordshire, and prior to this she was Dean of Applied Sciences and Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research) at the University of the West of England, Bristol.

Professor Purcell enjoys an international reputation in her field of biomedical research and leads a number of research teams in developing cell culture models for preclinical studies.  Funded currently by the BBSRC, EPSRC, ESRC and the EU, she has attracted some £10M in research grants since 2000 and has filed patents in the EU, USA, China and Japan on her novel organotypic cell culture models.  She has a proven record of research collaboration having worked with academics at, amongst other universities, Imperial, Cardiff, and UCL, in addition to biotech companies in the USA.  She is a referee for several scientific journals in her field and reviews grant applications for a range of funding agencies.

Professor Purcell is a Member of the HEFCE Strategic Advisory Committee on Leadership, Governance and Management and has held positions on several regional and national bodies in the area of scientific exploitation and curricular standards.  She was a Member of QAA Biosciences Benchmarking Panel and has extensive experience as a PhD examiner, external examiner (BSc, MSc) and in programme validation.  She was Chairman of the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Network in the East of England (STEMNET) and previously held executive positions with the UK Deans of Science and Heads of Biological Sciences groups.  She was a Member of the Higher Education Regional Development Agency - Southwest, Physical Sciences Task Group and Higher Education Strategy Group, Sector Skills Council for Science, Engineering, Manufacturing and Technologies.  She was a Trustee of the Bristol Urological Institute and  Director of Unisecure Ltd and a Member of the Board of Polyfield Properties Ltd.



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