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Appointment: Professor Moira Whyte

Professor Moira Whyte has been appointed as Head of the Medical School.

Professor Moira Whyte

She succeeds Professor John Iredale, who has been appointed as a Pro-Vice-Chancellor at the University of Bristol.

Academic leadership

The Head of the Medical School provides academic leadership to the School, and working closely with the Deans, ensures there is effective governance and management of the School.

The Head works to develop and deliver School objectives for teaching, research and knowledge transfer, aligned to University and College strategy.


Professor Whyte is a respiratory physician who trained mainly in London. In 1996, after completing MRC and Wellcome Trust Clinical Fellowships, she moved to the University of Sheffield as Professor of Respiratory Medicine and later Head of the Department of Infection and Immunity.

Moira was appointed as Professor of Respiratory Medicine at the University of Edinburgh in 2014 and became Director of the MRC University of Edinburgh Centre for Inflammation Research in 2015.

Inaugural lecture

Professor Whyte will deliver her inaugural lecture, entitled Life, Death and a Career in Academic Medicine, on Monday 25 April.

The lecture takes place at 5.15pm in the Wellcome Auditorium, Queen's Medical Research Institute.

All are welcome to attend.

I am delighted by the opportunity to head the Medical School in Edinburgh. I am looking forward to building on Professor Iredale’s work in improving undergraduate and postgraduate education and training in the School, and am excited by the introduction later this year of the new MB ChB curriculum including a year of dedicated research training. I look forward to working with colleagues across the School

Professor Moira WhyteHead of the Medical School

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