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Julia Buckingham

Vice-Chancellor and Prinicipal, Brunel University London

Julia Buckingham read Zoology at the University of Sheffield and, after a short spell in the pharmaceutical industry, moved to London to study for a PhD in Pharmacology and to pursue an academic career.

She was appointed to the Chair of Pharmacology at Charing Cross and Westminster Medical School in 1987 and Pre-clinical Dean in 1992. She joined Imperial College London in 1997, contributing to the establishment of the new Faculty of Medicine and held the roles of College Dean for non-clinical Medicine, Head of the Department of Neuroscience and Mental Health, Head of the Centre for Integrative Mammalian Physiology and Pharmacology and Pro-Rector (Education and Academic Affairs).

In 2012 she was appointed Vice-Chancellor and Principal of Brunel University. Throughout her career Julia has combined research and education with supporting the broader aspects of academic life through work with the research councils, medical charities and learned societies.

She has published widely in her field, served on numerous national and international review panels and received a number of prestigious awards for her work.

Former roles include President of the British Pharmacological Society, President of the Society for Endocrinology, member of the Sykes Commission, Editor of the Journal of Neuroendocrinology and Chairman of BioScientifca Ltd. She is currently a Trustee of the Royal Institution, Chairman of SCORE, a governor of St Mary’s School, Calne and a founder Trustee of the Society of Biology.


  • –present
    Vice-Chancellor and Principal, Brunel University