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Head of School Professor Chris Paraskeva retires

27 July 2017

Chris Paraskeva retires this week after 33 years with the University. A party was held to celebrate his time with us and to wish him a long and happy retirement.

On Thursday 27th July, the School hosted a party in Royal Fort Gardens to celebrate Prof Chris Paraskeva's illustrious career with the University and to give him a worthy send-off as he begins his retirement.

The Faculty's Dean, Professor George Banting was on hand to say a few words. He and Chris have worked together since the early 1980s when they worked at the Imperial Cancer Research Fund in Lincoln’s Inn Fields where they shared a lab space for a time.

Chris moved to Bristol to take up a Lectureship in 1984 and has been a core member of the School for 33 years. He became a Senior Lecturer in ’91 and was then promoted to a Chair in ’93, which George added ‘shows the esteem in which he was held at the time and still is.’

Chris became one of the leading researchers in bowel cancer, and as George said ‘he didn’t just sit on his backside and do the science, he got out there and communicated the importance of his work and that of others to the wider community, and has done so very effectively over many years.’

 He has been an extremely popular lecturer and tutor, with a reputation for telling a few dodgy jokes. He had to be persuaded to take on the role of Head of School, but has done an exceptional job, setting the bar high for recruiting and has shown strong support for staff and students in his time in the role.

He is an East Ender through and through, an avid West Ham supporter, and has done a lot of work with the Dudley Moore fund helping raise money for life-saving bowel cancer research.  He is also a proud family man, supported over the years by his wife Doris and his daughters Nicole and Andrea, and is now a besotted grandfather to Arthur.

We wish Chris the very best for his retirement and he will be sorely missed by not only the School, but by the entire Faculty. 

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