Pro-Vice-Chancellors and Heads of College

Professor Martin Barstow

Head of the College of Science and Engineering

Martin Barstow

Martin Barstow is Professor in Astrophysics and Space Science at the University of Leicester and currently Head of the Physics and Astronomy department. He has been involved in many space missions during his career, including NASA’s Voyager probes, which travelled to the outer planets of the Solar System. More recently he has worked on the Hubble Space Telescope helping to develop the plans for the final servicing mission, which is expected to take place in May 2009.

Martin has been closely involved with the development of the National Space Centre in Leicester and is the current Chair of its Education Advisory Board. In 2005, he acted as consultant to the British National Space Centre to help develop a Space Education Initiative, which led to the report “Bringing Space into School Science”. In 2008, he was a member of the Wakeham panel, set up by the government to report on the health of Physics in the UK.

He is also an active musician as a member of the choir and part-time organist at St Michael and All Angels, Cosby and has sung at the De Montfort Hall on several occasions in the Bardi Symphony Chorus. He is regularly seen performing around the county as a member of Leicester Morrismen. 

He said: “I am very pleased to be appointed to lead the new College of Science and Engineering. I am looking forward to working with all my colleagues in this and the other Colleges to build on the University’s recent successes and to help make Leicester recognised around the world for its excellent teaching and research.”

Professor Julie Coleman

Head of the College of Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities

Julie Coleman is Head of the College of Social Sciences, Arts, Humanities (formed on 1 August 2015 form the merger of two existing colleges) and a Professor in the School of English. She obtained her BA from the University of Manchester and her MA and PhD from King’s College London. Following various temporary roles at King’s, Birkbeck, Durham and Lund, in Sweden, she was appointed to a lectureship at Leicester in 1995, becoming a professor in 2009 and Head of School in 2013. She founded the International Society for Historical Lexicography and Lexicology, and is a fellow of the English Association, the International Association of University Professors of English and the Higher Education Academy.

Professor Philip Baker

Head of the College of Medicine, Biological Sciences and Psychology
Dean of Medicine

Born and bred in Leicester, Professor Philip Baker trained in Nottingham, Cambridge and Pittsburgh before taking Chairs of obstetrics in Nottingham and then Manchester.  He led both Manchester’s successful bid for an NIHR Biomedical Research Centre and the Manchester medical school, before moving to head the Medical School in Edmonton, Canada.

He remained in Edmonton as special advisor to the Provost, before being appointed as the Director of the National Centre of Growth and Development in New Zealand.  During this time he also directed a pregnancy research centre in Chongqing, China, and the Chinese Government appointed him as a National Distinguished Professor.

Professor Baker is a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences, and a Fellow of the Royal Colleges of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists in both New Zealand and the UK. He was principal author of the position paper on ‘Health of Women and Children’ that was considered at the 2010 G8 Summit.

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