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Pro Vice-Chancellor, College of Biomedical and Life Sciences

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Pro Vice-Chancellor, College of Biomedical and Life Sciences, Professor Stephen Riley

Professor Steve Riley is the Pro Vice-Chancellor for the College of Biomedical and Life Sciences.

Professor Riley plays a key role in setting the strategy and direction of the College and in promoting the development of learning and teaching, research excellence and innovation. As Pro Vice-Chancellor, Professor Riley is also a member of the University Executive Board.

Professor Riley is an alumnus of Cardiff University, Boston's Harvard Macey Leadership programme and an Honorary Fellow of the Academy of Medical Educators. He recently served as the Dean of Medicine and Head of the School of Medicine here at Cardiff University.

Professor Riley’s academic interests include curriculum design, education leadership and application of systems theory to education delivery. He is passionate about the social accountability of the Higher Education Sector and addressing health and social inequalities in Wales and beyond. Professor Riley continues to champion the equality, diversity, and inclusivity agenda and is committed to ensuring environmental sustainability for all Schools within the College as part of action against climate change. He is a strong advocate for all the Health Professions and the shared learning that Interprofessional Education provides.

As Professor in Medical Education, he was part of the team that designed, developed, and implemented the successful C21 Medicine curriculum - leading on the first 2 years and the final "harmonisation" year. He also helped introduce Wales first Longitudinal Integrated Clerkship based upon the theory of educational continuity. More recently, Professor Riley played a leading role in supporting the establishment of a North Wales Medical School at Bangor University.

Professor Riley remains committed to leading a college that recruits and develops outstanding researchers at all career stages - supported through extensive programmes for fellowship support, mentorship, and career progression. This continued commitment enables the College of Biomedical and Life Sciences to deliver high quality, impactful research for the benefit of patients and society.

Professor Riley is a Clinical Academic in Nephrology working in the Cardiff and Vale University Health Board and is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians (London).