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Professor David Phoenix took up the role of Vice-Chancellor at London South Bank University (LSBU) in 2014

David Pheonix

Professor David Andrew Phoenix is the Vice-Chancellor of London South Bank University and CEO of the LSBU Group. In addition to being the Accountable Officer for the university, he is the Accountable Officer for South Bank Colleges and Principal Accounting Officer for South Bank Academies. He was elected to the Fellowship of the Royal College of Physicians (Edinburgh) for his contribution to medical research and education and recognised as an Academician by the Academy of Social Sciences for his work in areas linked to educational policy and the skills agenda.

With over 250 publications, Prof. Phoenix has held a range of visiting posts including visiting professor at King’s College London and Sichuan University, China. His research focuses on molecular engineering and soft matter modelling. He is a Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology, the Royal Society of Chemistry, the Royal Society of Biology, the Institute of Mathematics and Its Applications, and the Royal Society of Medicine. In 2010 he was made an Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire for services to Science and Higher Education, and appointed as a Deputy Lieutenant of Greater London in 2015.

He has a strong interest in public engagement with science and engineering. In 2015 the Prime Minister appointed him as a Trustee of the Science Museum Group where he is Deputy Chair. He has also been Chair of the Science and Industry Museum.

He is also a Director of the National Centre for Universities and Business as well as London Higher. He has previously served as a Director of Universities UK, Chair of Million+, UK representative on the European Committee of Biological Associations and Chair of the professional recognition panel as well as a Council member of the Society of Biology.

Prof. Phoenix has worked extensively overseas, leading on the development of an overseas campus in Cyprus and a research institute in China. He was awarded an individual Excellence award by China’s Vice Premier in 2014 and in 2016 was given the national Friendship Award (China) by the Premier for his outstanding contribution to the country’s economic and social development.