About our Vice Chancellor

Read all the updates from Anglia Ruskin's very own Vice Chancellor, Professor Iain Martin

Professor Iain Martin MBChB, MEd (Dist), MD

Professor Martin grew up in Hampshire before taking up a place at the University of Leeds to study Medicine. After his undergraduate education he completed postgraduate training in Surgery in Yorkshire, concluding as Lecturer in Surgery at the University of Leeds. He then took up the role of Senior Lecturer and Consultant Surgeon at the University of Leeds and the Leeds General Infirmary. His clinical and research interests focussed on gastrointestinal cancer and minimally invasive surgery. During his time in Leeds he developed an ongoing interest in Higher Education more widely.

In 2000 Professor Martin moved to the University of Auckland, New Zealand, as Professor of Surgery. Over the next 13 years, whilst at the University of Auckland, he held a variety of roles including Head of Surgery, Head of the School of Medicine, Dean of the Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences and for the last 18 months Deputy Vice Chancellor with responsibility for external and international engagement. In 2012 he moved to the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia as Deputy Vice Chancellor Academic, a position he held until his appointment as Vice Chancellor of Anglia Ruskin University.

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Read the Vice Chancellor's latest blog

5 April 2018

As part of our 25th anniversary of achieving university status, we launched our strategy 'Designing our Future 2017–2026' which sets out the high-level principles that will guide and shape ARU in the coming years. I am really pleased to now launch our Digital Strategy 2017–2020 which will underpin our University-wide strategy and help us become a digital-first campus over the next three years.

22 February 2018

This week’s announcement of the long heralded review of tertiary funding adds to the sense of continual change in our higher education system.

19 February 2018

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This year sees the introduction of the new regulator for higher education, The Office for Students (OfS). This change is one of the most significant for our universities in the past three decades.

16 October 2017

We are the middle of our 2017 graduation ceremonies and each ceremony brings students whose individual journeys have been remarkably different together to cross the stage in celebration and recognition of their achievements.

4 July 2017

Whatever your political persuasion there is absolutely no doubt that the Labour Party’s election promise to drop tuition fees in favour of “free at the point of delivery” higher education has reignited the smouldering issue of how England funds HE.

18 April 2017

The last few years, and the last 12 months in particular, have been really challenging for the effective relationship between scientific evidence, policy making and public opinion. The fact that the US President is reigniting the autism/vaccination debate is almost beyond comprehension. Whilst the notion of a post-truth paradigm is an anathema to most of us, we have to acknowledge that as an academic community we have not always been able to communicate our findings or enable others to make balanced use of them as best as we perhaps should.

27 March 2017

Dear Colleagues, I am writing this on the way home from a week in China visiting a number of our partner universities there. It has been, as most trips to China are, both stimulating and thought provoking.