Professor David Phoenix, OBE
- Published: Thursday, 28 January 2016 14:40
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Vice-Chancellor of London South Bank University (LSBU)
Professor Phoenix has a background in biochemistry having obtained his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Liverpool before going on to complete a Doctorate, again in biochemistry. The university later awarded him a higher doctorate, DSc, for his contribution to this field of study.
In 2000 he launched UCLan's Department of Forensic and Investigative Science and later as Dean of Science, led on the opening of a new School of Pharmacy, the re-launch of chemistry and the development of architecture. In 2008 he became Deputy Vice-Chancellor at UCLan with responsibility for strategic planning and performance across the University of Central Lancashire Group where he oversaw UCLan's inclusion in the QS World Rankings and was instrumental in creating UCLan's first overseas research institute in China as well as its new campus in Cyprus.
He became Vice-Chancellor at London South Bank University (LSBU) in January 2014.
With over 250 publications, Prof. Phoenix remains a visiting professor at Kings College London and Sichuan University, China, as well as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry, The 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.
Prof. Phoenix has worked extensively overseas, developing and leading on 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 was admitted to Order of Friendship (China) in 2016 for outstanding contribution to the country’s economic and social development.
He has been awarded an Honorary Doctorate by the University of Bolton for his contribution to scholarship and was elected as a non-medic to the Royal College of Physicians (Edinburgh) for his contribution to medical research and education and recognized as an Academician by the Academy of Social Sciences for his work in areas linked to educational policy.
Prof. Phoenix is currently Chair of university think-tank Million+, and a member of the HEFCE Strategic Committee for Teaching Quality and the Student Experience. He currently represents Universities UK on the UK Performance Indicator Steering Group. In 2015 the Prime Minister appointed him as a trustee of the Science Museum Group. He is also a trustee of Universities UK and a Director of the National Centre for Universities and Business.