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Prof Stephen Denyer  -  BSc PhD FRPharmS


Career Profile

Stephen Denyer joined the staff of the Nottingham School of Pharmacy as Lecturer in Pharmaceutical Microbiology. In 1991, he moved to Head the Department (now School) of Pharmacy at the University of Brighton as Professor of Pharmaceutical and Applied Microbiology. Professor Denyer departed from Brighton in 2003 and to become the Head of the School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences at Cardiff University. He resigned from this post upon his appointment as Deupty Pro-Vice Chancellor for Education & Students from1st August 2010. Professor Denyer was elected Fellow of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society in 2000 and more recently received the Society’s 2003 Charter Gold Award for contributions to the profession.

Research Interests

Stephen Denyer’s research interests are directed towards clinical application and include: microbial pathogenicity and medical device infection; microbial detection; antimicrobial systems; and the design of new biocompatible biomaterials for restorative surgery. His research, which frequently involves collaborating partners, has been funded by grants and sponsorship in excess of £10m, with £4.75m to his own research group which, over the years, has supported the work of some 40 postgraduate students and 22 postdoctoral researchers. He has published over 150 research articles, including papers, reviews and invited chapters, and has co-edited seven books. He serves on the editorial board for the Journal of Pharmacy and Pharmacology and is also a member of the editorial board for three other scientific journals. Professor Denyer’s contributions to pharmaceutical science have been recognised in a number of awards and distinctions, most recently the British Pharmaceutical Conference Science Chairmanship in 2002.

Scientific service

Professor Denyer has contributed to the work of a number of national bodies. He has been a Microbiology Advisor to the UK Medical Devices Agency (1993-2000), is an expert assessor on active implantable medical devices (1993-date) and is a microbiology expert on the BP Commission (2003-date). He has served on the Veterinary Products Committee (1989-1993) and, until recently, was a member of the CSM sub-committee for Pharmacy, Chemistry and Standards (1999-2007). He also serves on research council referee panels, as a member of the EPSRC Life Sciences College and as an independent expert for the Welsh Office of Research & Development. . Professor Denyer is a member of the Health Protection Agency’s Rapid Review Panel on novel infection control agents and the NHS Engineering and Science Advisory Committee on prion decontamination (ESAC-Pr); he chairs the Industrial sub-committee of ESAC-Pr.

Professional service

In the education and pharmacy professions, Professor Denyer has served as a Quality Assurance Agency assessor for pharmacy education (1998-2000), was a member of the QAA Pharmacy Benchmarking Group (2000-2002), and has participated in many RPSGB working groups including those developing the 4-year degree programme and reviewing the degree accreditation process. He has twice served on the RPSGB Science Committee (1995-99 and 2000-date, currently Chair) and has been a member of the Education Committee from 1994-2007. Professor Denyer is a former chair of the UK Heads of Schools of Pharmacy Committee (now Council of University Heads of Pharmacy; CUHOP) and has served on the Pharmaceutical Society’s Degree Accreditation Panel for 12 years. He has acted as external examiner to three undergraduate and postgraduate degree programmes in the UK and fifteen PhD research degrees. Professor Denyer was the Pharmacy Schools elected member on the RPSGB Council (2005-2008).