Prof. Patrick Bailey joined LSBU's Executive team as Deputy Vice-Chancellor on 1 September 2014.
Gaining UG and PhD degrees in Chemistry at Oxford University, Patrick began lecturing at York University in 1983, leaving to take up the role of Chair of Organic Chemistry at Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh ten years later in 1993 – where he stayed until 2000. During this time, Patrick was also a very active researcher, working on organic synthesis and drug delivery, and winning the AstraZeneca prize for work on polycyclic peptides. Patrick moved to the University of Manchester, initially as Professor of Chemistry, then as Associate Dean for Teaching and Learning where he oversaw 6000 students, nine schools, 600 members of staff and an associated income of £50m.
Patrick moved to Keele University in January 2008 as Executive Dean of the Faculty of Natural Sciences, and as Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Environment and Sustainability (for which he won the Green Gown Leadership Award in 2014). During his time there he tripled the university's research income; oversaw the planning, funding and opening of the £3.5m Sustainability Hub; and maintained a small research group that focused on the synthesis of medicinally important heterocycles, and on the development of new ways of delivering drugs more effectively.
Patrick has helped establish a wide range of new degree courses, and was editor of the RSC journal University Chemistry Education. His teaching has been recognised by the RSC Higher Education Teaching Award (1998), the RSC Nyholm Lectureship (2000), the UMIST Teaching Award (2003) and he has received a National Teaching Fellowship (2005).
Patrick is one of LSBU's Executive Team responsible for our University’s approach to managing sustainability. He is Chair of the Sustainability Steering Group, which sets the strategic direction for LSBU’s sustainability programme, and he plays an active role in the promotion of these issues across the sustainability spectrum and across campus.
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