Engineering Ethics biographies

Sir Alan Langlands FRSE Hon FMedSci, Vice Chancellor, University of Leeds

Before joining the University, Alan Langlands was the Chief Executive of the Higher Education Funding Council for England (2009 to 2013). He was formerly the Principal and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Dundee (2000 to 2009) and Chief Executive of the NHS in England (1994 to 2000). He has a particular interest in the scientific basis of health services, and from its inception in 2004 until 2012, he chaired the board of UK Biobank – a major genetic epidemiology study. He was also the chair of the board of the Health Foundation, a UK-wide charity committed to improving the quality of healthcare, until 2017. Alan was knighted in 1998 for his services to the NHS, he is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, and an Honorary Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences.

He is a science graduate of the University of Glasgow and was awarded an honorary doctorate by the University in 2001. In addition, he has a number of honorary degrees from major universities and fellowships from five medical Royal Colleges.

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