Professor Bernie Morley Acting Vice-Chancellor
Professor Morley is Acting Vice-Chancellor and the University’s Accountable Officer from September 2018 until the arrival in post of a new Vice-Chancellor.
As Acting Vice-Chancellor, Professor Morley has overall responsibility both as the academic leader and chief executive of the University.
In his substantive role as Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Provost, Professor Morley also has a number of specific responsibilities, notably strategic and corporate planning and line-management responsibility for the:
- Director of Marketing & Communications
- Director of Undergraduate Admissions & Outreach
- Director of Institute of Coding
- Academic Director of Postgraduate Taught Recruitment and Admissions
- Chair of the Academic Staff Committee
- Chair of the University Planning Team
- Chair of National Institute of Coding Governance Board
- Genetics of autoimmune diseases, specifically Systemic Lupus Erythematosus
- Autoimmune genetics and the Complement System
Professor Bernie Morley worked at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, University of California, San Francisco and the MRC Molecular Haematology Unit at the University of Oxford before taking up his first academic appointment at the Royal Postgraduate Medical School (RPMS) in 1991.
When the RPMS and Imperial College London merged in 1997, Bernie remained as part of the Rheumatology Unit, later becoming Professor of Molecular Genetics.
From 2006, Bernie was the Director of the Graduate School of Life Sciences and Medicine at Imperial College London. In 2009, he also became Director of the School of Professional Development and the Centre for Educational Development.
Bernie joined the University of Bath on 1 March 2010 as Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Learning and Teaching). He was appointed Deputy Vice-Chancellor & Provost on 1 May 2015 and Acting Vice-Chancellor on 1 September 2018.
He acted as an international adviser to the Irish Higher Education Authority for a review of PhD education. He also served as adviser to the Irish Universities Quality Board in rewriting its national guidelines of "Good practice in the organisation of PhD programmes in Irish Higher Education". He was also Vice-Chairman of the Arthritis Research UK Biomedical Sciences Panel and was Co-convenor of the PVC/DVC network for the Higher Education Academy.
He is a member of the Bath and North East Somerset Health and Wellbeing Board and a governor at three schools in the area.
Bernie was educated at the University of Liverpool, his home town, where he gained a degree in Biochemistry. He completed his DPhil at the University of Oxford in 1984 in Molecular Immunology, working on the genetics of the Complement System under Professor Rodney Porter and Dr Duncan Campbell.