Biographical details

Professor Ian Greer


Career to Date

1980 - 1991

Professor Greer received his medical degree from the University of Glasgow in 1980, following which he undertook postgraduate training in both Obstetrics and Gynaecology and General Medicine with Haemostasis and Thrombosis, at the Royal Infirmary and Royal Maternity Hospital in Glasgow. In 1982, he became a Research Fellow in the University Department of Medicine, Glasgow, followed by Registrar in General Medicine and Haemostasis and Thrombosis before returning to Obstetrics and Gynaecology.

From 1987, he was Lecturer at the University of Edinburgh, becoming a Clinical Scientist in the MRC Reproductive Biology Unit, Edinburgh and Consultant Obstetrician, at the Royal Infirmary, Edinburgh in 1990.

1991 – 2010

In 1991, at the age of 32 years, Professor Greer was appointed Head of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology in the University of Glasgow and held the Muirhead Chair of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, from 1991 until 2000. In 2001, he was awarded the prestigious Regius Chair of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, at the same time as being Head of the Division of Developmental Medicine, and Chair of the Scottish Perinatal Mortality and Morbidity Review Advisory Group. Professor Greer became Deputy Dean of the Faculty of Medicine in 2003, and, in 2007, was appointed Dean of the Hull York Medical School, University of York.

In parallel to these roles, he held appointments as Non-Executive Director, Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust (2008-10); and Chair of the National Advisory Committee for Enquiries into Maternal Health in the UK, Confidential Enquiries into Maternal and Child Health (2005-11).

2010 – Present

Professor Greer was appointed Pro-Vice-Chancellor of the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences at the University of Liverpool in 2010, and concurrently was university Provost for Research from 2013 until 2015.

In 2015, he was appointed as Vice-President at the University of Manchester and Dean of the Faculty of Medical and Human Sciences, merging this with the Faculty of Life Sciences to create the Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health, where he is Dean. He is Director of the Manchester Academic Health Science Centre (MAHSC), and Chair of the Northern Health Science Alliance, a cross-sector collaboration of eight universities and NHS Partners that has delivered over £50m of research and industry collaboration funding to the North of England.

In the role of Vice-President and Dean, Professor Greer:

- Merged the Faculty of Life Sciences with the Medical and Human Sciences to create the new Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health with an annual budget of circa £350m.
- As Director of MAHSC developed an integrated approach to translational research in the Greater Manchester Health Economy to address the unique opportunity of devolution of the £6bn Health and Social Care budget to the City (now Health Innovation Manchester).

- As Director of MAHSC (a University partnership with the six major NHS bodies within the city), he delivered a “One Manchester” place-based approach, which underpinned major successes in 2016-17, including:
(a) The first ever National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) Biomedical Research Centre Award to Manchester of £28.5m;
(b) A “One Manchester” NIHR Clinical Research Facility Award of £12.5m;
(c) One of only two Cancer Research UK Major Centre Awards of £42m; and
(d) An NIHR Patient Safety Centre Award of £6.7m.

- Led MAHSC and University partnerships to develop international collaborations with other universities, and also industry, such as major pharma and diagnostics companies as well as sector wide strategic developments.

Wider Leadership Roles

In addition to his leadership roles within the University of Manchester, Professor Greer is Chair of a number of national bodies, including Chair of the UK Regenerative Medicine Platform Board, since its inception in 2014. He is also Chair of the Scientific Advisory Board for the UK Antimicrobial Resistance Research and Development Centre.

As Chair of the Northern Health Science Alliance, he was asked by the Chancellor of the Exchequer in 2015, to lead ‘Health North’, resulting in strategic funding for health and economic impact in the North of England, the first phase of which is Connected Health Cities, a £20m programme integrating health and social care data across four major cities for research and service development.

Professor Greer was also a member of the UK Government’s Office for Life Sciences Industrial Strategy Board that developed the UK’s Life Sciences Industrial Strategy, which was published in August 2017.

From 2000, Professor Greer has served on many Medical Research Council (MRC), Boards, Committees, and Expert Panels, including: Chair of the Translational Stem Cell Research/Regenerative Medicine Committee (2008-14); and a Member of the Translational Research Group.

During his career, Professor Greer has also won a number of major awards. These include: MRCOG Gold Medal; William Blair Bell Memorial Lectureship of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG); Bernhard Baron Travelling Scholarship of the RCOG; and the Watson Prize Lectureship of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow.

Personal Research

Over the past 30 years, Professor Greer’s research, focused largely on haemostasis and thrombosis, and professional work has resulted in over 14 Books, including textbooks on Obstetric Haematology and Women’s Vascular Health; 28 national or international Clinical Guidelines; over 400 peer-reviewed original papers, review articles and book chapters; he continues to publish in key journals and has continuing roles in international initiatives in clinical trials, evidence synthesis and guideline development.