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Professor Sir Peter Mathieson

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Peter Mathieson was educated in Cornwall and graduated in medicine with First Class Honours from the University of London in 1983.

Peter was awarded a PhD by the University of Cambridge in 1992 and became Director of Studies for Clinical Medicine at Christ’s College, Cambridge following this.

In 1995 Peter moved to Bristol as the foundation Professor of Renal Medicine at the University of Bristol where he was later appointed Dean of the Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry in 2008. He practised as a consultant nephrologist in the NHS in Bristol for 19 years. In April 2014, Peter assumed office as the President and Vice-chancellor of the University of Hong Kong, a post he held until January 2018. He was knighted for services to higher education in 2023.

Peter is currently the Principal of the University of Edinburgh.

Peter’s reappointment runs from 4 November 2023 to 3 November 2026.

Register of interests

1. Remunerated directorships.


2. Remunerated employment, office, profession or other activity.

Principal and Vice-Chancellor, University of Edinburgh.

3. Clients connected with the further and/or higher education sector or other aspects of the Council’s business.

None other than the University of Edinburgh.

4. Significant gifts or hospitality arising from Board or Committee membership. (To be reported as soon as reasonably practical).


5. Significant shareholdings in a public company where the value is more than 1% of the total issued share value of the company.


6. Significant shareholdings in a private company which might give rise to a conflict of interest or trust.


7. Public activity in support of a political party within the previous five years.


8. Miscellaneous, for example, unremunerated posts, honorary positions and other connections which might give rise to a conflict of interest or trust.

Lead Member for Health for Universities Scotland.

Trustee (ex officio) Newbattle Abbey College.

9. Relevant and known interests of spouse, partner and close family.


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