25 Oct 2011 5:00pm - 7:00pm Lady Mitchell Hall, Sidgwick Site


CRASSH 10th Anniversary Lecture Series

Professor Sir Leszek Borysiewicz


Leszek Borysiewicz (Vice-Chancellor, University of Cambridge) will give the third in a series of six lectures on The Idea of the University.

Following the recent Government white paper entitled Students at the Heart of the System, the Vice-Chancellor will review the many roles of a university in the 21st century. 

The lectures are free and open to all, no registration required.

Further lectures in the series are:

About Leszek Borysiewicz

Professor Sir Leszek Borysiewicz is Vice-Chancellor of the University of Cambridge. He was Chief Executive of the UK's Medical Research Council from 2007, and from 2001 to 2007 was at Imperial College London, where he served as Principal of the Faculty of Medicine and later as Deputy Rector.

Born in Wales, to Polish parents who settled there after the Second World War, he attended Cardiff High School and went on to the Welsh National School of Medicine, later taking up clinical and research posts in London. In 1988 he came to Cambridge as Lecturer in Medicine, and was a Fellow of Wolfson College (where he is now an Honorary Fellow). He went on to be Professor of Medicine at the University of Wales for the ten years until 2001.
Concurrently with his position at Imperial College, Sir Leszek was also Governor of the Wellcome Trust (2006-2007), Chairman of the UK Clinical Research Collaboration's Integrated Academic Training Awards Panel (2005-2007), and Chair of the HEFCE RAE Main Panel A Assessment Panel.

Professor Borysiewicz was knighted in the 2001 New Year's Honours List for his contribution to medical education and research into developing vaccines, including work towards a vaccine to combat cervical cancer.

He was a founding Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences in 1996 and a member of its Council from 1997 until 2002, Chairman of the NHS (Wales) R&D Grants Committee and acting Director of NHS (Wales) Research and Development (1994-1996), a member of the Council of Cancer Research UK (2002-2005), a Non-Executive Director of North Thames Regional Health Authority (2003-2004) and a member of the MRC Council from 1995 to 2000. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 2008.


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