2022 Speakers > Principal Professor Peter Mathieson

Principal and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Edinburgh

Professor Peter Mathieson

Professor Mathieson was born and educated in the United Kingdom and was the first in his family to go to university. He read Medicine at the London Hospital Medical College and qualified with First Class Honours from the University of London in 1983. After junior medical posts in and around London, he obtained a research training fellowship at the University of Cambridge, leading to a PhD in 1992. He became Director of Studies for Clinical Medicine at Christ’s College, Cambridge. Peter moved to Bristol in 1995 as the foundation Professor of Renal Medicine at the University of Bristol and Honorary Consultant Nephrologist, North Bristol NHS Trust. In 1999, he was elected to Fellowship of the Academy of Medical Sciences. In 2007, Peter became Head of the University Department of Clinical Science at North Bristol, was appointed as Director of Research & Development for the North Bristol NHS Trust, and was elected President of the Renal Association, becoming the youngest President in its history. In 2008 Peter was appointed Dean of the Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry at the University of Bristol.

Between 1999 and 2013 he taught Medicine annually in Mbarara, SW Uganda and also conducted some clinical research there. He also contributed to undergraduate and postgraduate teaching in Rwanda, Burundi, Tanzania, Kenya, Ghana and South Africa either as part of International Society of Nephrology delegations or representing the University of Bristol. In April 2014, Peter assumed office as the 15th President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Hong Kong, a post he held until January 2018. In February 2018 he took up his present post at the University of Edinburgh. In 2021 he was elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh.