Professor Sir Ian DiamondSir Ian is Principal and Vice-Chancellor of the University, an appointment he has held since April 2010. He was previously Chief Executive of the Economic and Social Research Council. He was also Chair of the Research Councils UK Executive Group, the umbrella body that represents all seven UK Research Councils.

Before joining the ESRC, Sir Ian was Deputy Vice-Chancellor at the University of Southampton, where he had been for most of his career.