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Top appointment for Brunel's incoming Chair of Council

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Brunel’s Professor Mike Spyer is a new Deputy Chair of the Committee of University Chairs.

This puts Brunel University London at the top table among university leaders, giving the institution a big sway in how UK Higher Education is run.

Neuroscientist and staunch Spurs supporter, Professor Spyer will take over the role of Brunel’s Chair of Council in August 2017, and joined the university in 2013 as an independent member of Council.

The Committee of University Chairs is the body representing Chairs of UK universities and acts as a peer-support network for University leaders aiming to promote top standards.

“I am delighted to become Deputy Chair of the Committee of University Chairs at such a crucial time in UK Higher Education,” Prof Spyer, said. “I’m very proud to represent Brunel in this position and look forward to working with other University leaders to shape the future of UK Higher Education.”

East-London born, with a wife and two children, Prof Spyer has a high-flying career in both Higher Education and in healthcare. He studied physiology at Sheffield and is behind a string of breakthroughs in understanding how the central nervous system controls the heart, blood flow and breathing.

Still working as a scientist, Professor Spyer was president of the Physiological Society, has worked with major names in medicine and worked with several biomedical start-ups. He is central to Brunel’s partnership with the Hillingdon Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and the Central North West London NHS Foundation Trust. 

“Professor Spyer is an eminent scientist, entrepreneur and leader,” said Brunel Vice-Chancellor and President, Professor Julia Buckingham. “He has a fantastic focus on strategic goals and there is great synergy between his experience and Brunel’s vision. We are thrilled to have him represent Brunel at such a high level.”

Reported by:

Hayley Jarvis, Media Relations
hayley.jarvis@brunel.ac.uk