Pro Vice-Chancellor and Dean of Health and Life Sciences
Dr Simon Oldroyd became PVC/Dean for the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences in February 2015. Prior to this he had been Deputy Dean to the faculty since October 2011.
Simon graduated with a BSc (Hons) in Anatomy and Cell Biology from The University of Sheffield in 1991, before going on to study for a PhD in renal pathophysiology/pharmacology at the same institution. Following completion of his PhD studies Simon was successful in gaining an EU Human Capital and Mobility Fellowship to work in the research laboratories of Dr Guiseppe Remuzzi at the Mario Negri Institute for Pharmacological Research in Bergamo, Italy between 1994–1996; working on the renal effects of the (then) recently discovered peptide endothelin. Following a post-doctoral research post at Sheffield Kidney Institute (Northern General Hospital, Sheffield) Simon joined DMU as a lecturer in the School of Pharmacy in 2000. During this period he went on to programme-lead the BSc Biomedical Science degree course and its expansion into Medical and Clinical Sciences. He became Associate Head of the School of Allied Health Sciences in 2005, then Head of School in 2008. During his time as head of school he oversaw extensive change in clinical and laboratory-diagnostic programmes within the school in anticipation of or in response to developing national initiatives by statutory bodies and the Department of Health.
Simon is active on regional and national committees concerning education in biosciences and NHS education commissioning. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Biomedical Science, a STEM ambassador and a member of the board of Trustees of the Hope Against Cancer charity in Leicestershire and Rutland. Simon continues to be involved in teaching of biosciences, PhD student supervision and is an external examiner. He is married with three young children, so any spare time is spent on riot-control.