Vice-Chancellor and President

The Vice-Chancellor and President is the academic and administrative head of the University, and the principal officer designated as publicly accountable for the University's finances.

Role and responsibilities

The Vice-Chancellor and President is:

  • responsible to the governing body for the organisation and supervision of all the activities of the University
  • the academic leader and Chief Executive of the University
  • the Chair of Senate
  • the University’s principal representative in all its external relations.

Post holder

Professor Hugh Brady became Vice-Chancellor and President in September 2015.

Professor Hugh Brady's biography

Hugh Brady previously served as President of University College Dublin (UCD) from 2004 to 2013. Professor Brady trained in general medicine and specialised in nephrology (kidney disease). He was awarded PhD and MD degrees for research in renal physiology and molecular medicine. His academic career has included positions at Harvard and the University of Toronto, and he is an international authority on the pathogenesis of diabetic kidney disease. He is a Non-Executive Director of the Kerry Group plc and ICON plc. He was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Science from Queen's University Belfast, Honorary Fellowships from the Royal College of Anaesthetists in Ireland and the Royal College of Physicians of England, and the Robert Menzies Medal from the University of Melbourne.

Register of interests

The Vice-Chancellor and President holds a number of external non-executive advisory roles, compliant with the University’s policies on external work. ‌

Philanthropic giving

The Vice-Chancellor and President is a Member of the Chancellor’s Giving Circle at the University of Bristol.

Remuneration of the Vice-Chancellor

In reviewing the Vice-Chancellor’s salary the Remuneration Committee considers a number of factors taking account of performance, general pay movement for all University staff, retention, and any relevant market considerations. The latter is informed by salary survey information provided by the Committee of University Chairs.

With effect from 1 August 2019 the Remuneration Committee awarded Professor Brady a pay increase and he currently receives an annual salary of £300,000. There are no additional bonus arrangements. The Vice-Chancellor is entitled to membership of the Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS) but has elected to receive payment in lieu of pension contributions, currently £39,000 per annum; a sum derived from the employer’s contribution rate in USS and which is provided on a basis that is cost neutral to the University.

Professor Brady is required to live in the Vice-Chancellor’s official residence which is extensively used for hosting a varied annual programme of formal and informal University engagement and fundraising events with our alumni, supporters, partners and philanthropic benefactors. He is also required to travel extensively in the UK and internationally to raise the University's profile in a competitive Higher Education market place, broker partnerships with leading institutions, contribute to the international student recruitment activities, and to maintain and extend the University’s worldwide network of alumni and major donors.

Updated November 2020


Professor Hugh Brady did not incur any expenses for the period 1 February 2020 to 31 July 2020. 

View Professor Brady's expenses for the period 1 August 2019 to 31 January 2020 in the Executive group expenses summary: 1 August 2019 to 31 January 2020 (PDF, 411kB)

Vice-Chancellor and President's blog

Personal insights from Professor Brady on the projects he's working on.

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