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The Gianna Angelopoulos Programme

for Science Technology and Innovation


Professor Rory Duncan, FRSE is Pro Vice-Chancellor for Research and Innovation at Sheffield Hallam University, leading the university's research and innovation strategy fostering positive research culture, towards benefits for all. He is also currently the UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) Director of Talent and Skills, working closely with the constituent research councils of UKRI and across government, directing a breadth of complex initiatives at all levels in the research and innovation system.

Rory has strong research and innovation leadership background, holding successive Wellcome Fellowships and founding the Institute of Biological chemistry, Biophysics and Bioengineering at Heriot-Watt University, applying advances in engineering and physical sciences to life science challenges. He was PI and Co-Director of the Edinburgh super-resolution imaging consortium, a national facility, recognised as the Times Higher ‘STEM Research Project of the Year’, for working with more than 100 international research groups, developing researchers and driving health and commercial impacts. Subsequently, Rory was Senior Academic Lead for Strategy and Development for Heriot-Watt University, helping shape the institutional strategy for 2019-2025. He holds research positions in the University of Edinburgh where he remains an honorary Professor, and sits on many international advisory boards.

Rory has won many awards for science communication and was awarded the Royal Society of Edinburgh Senior Medal for Public Engagement for ‘passion and enormously productive advocacy for public engagement in Scotland, the UK and internationally’. He has a strong track record in widening participation and increasing diversity at all levels in education and research.

Pro Vice-Chancellor for Research and Innovation, Sheffield Hallam University
Director of Talent and Skills, UK Research and Innovation (UKRI)