Professor Robin Leatherbarrow speaking at a conference

Professor Robin Leatherbarrow

Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Scholarship, Research & Knowledge Transfer)

Professor Robin Leatherbarrow, Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Scholarship, Research & Knowledge Transfer) at Liverpool John Moores University.  

Robin’s primary responsibilities are to provide academic leadership for:

  • Supporting and developing targeted areas of world-leading research excellence
  • Encouraging emerging areas of research excellence with potential for international impact
  • Supporting a vibrant and sustainable research and scholarship environment, firmly linked to learning and teaching
  • Supporting and developing research collaboration with partners
  • Ensuring that scholarship is central to the personal development of academic staff
  • Supporting the local, national and global economy via innovative knowledge and technology exchange Robin also provides academic leadership for: The University submission to the Research Excellence Framework
  • The Graduate School for doctoral studies
  • Research and Innovation Services, supporting grant proposals, knowledge exchange and commercial opportunities  

Robin Leatherbarrow sits on the Strategic Management Team of the University, is a member of Academic Board, leads the PhD Scholarships scheme and attends Board of Governors.

As one of three Pro-Vice-Chancellors he represents the Vice-Chancellor on academic appointment panels and works closely with the faculty executive deans and school directors in realising the strategy of the University.  

Robin chairs the following local Committees and Working Groups:

  • Research, Scholarship and Knowledge Transfer Committe
  • Athena SWAN Working Group

Robin’s external activities include:

  • Director, Liverpool Sensor City Limited
  • Member of the Liverpool City Region Local Enterprise Partnership Innovation Board
  • Elected Chair, Protein and Peptide Science Group of the Royal Society of Chemistry      

Short Biography

Professor Leatherbarrow first studied at the University of Liverpool, where he gained 1st class honours in Biochemistry in 1979. He then went to the University of Oxford (Exeter College), obtaining his DPhil in 1983. Between 1982 and 1984 he remained at the University of Oxford as a research lecturer associated with Christ Church, before moving to Imperial College London in 1984 where he held a Royal Society Research Fellowship. In 1984 he became one of the youngest ever to be appointed to a permanent lectureship at Imperial College, in the Department of Chemistry.

At Imperial College he was promoted first to Reader, then to Professor. In the Chemistry Department he held positions that included Head of Research, Head of Chemical Biology Section, Deputy Head of Department and also was Acting Head of Department in 2006. In 2010 he was appointed Dean of the Faculty of Natural Sciences, which he held until 2013 when he moved to Liverpool John Moores University to become Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Scholarship, Research & Knowledge Transfer).

A distinguished academic in the field of Chemical Biology, Professor Leatherbarrow has published over 130 articles in peer-reviewed journals and has an h-Index of 38 (Google Scholar). Notable honours and awards include National Council for Thailand token of honour for PhD supervision (2014); Honorary Life Member of the British Biophysical Society (2014); Doctor of Science (DSc, Imperial College London, 2014); Visiting Professor (Imperial College London, 2013);  Fellow of the Society of Biology (FSB, 2010); Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (FRSC, 2004); Chartered Chemist (C.Chem., 2004); Research Lectureship, Christ Church Oxford (1982-1984); Royal Society Pickering Research Fellow (1984); Undergraduate prizes for top student in year (1977, 1978, 1979).


Robin can be contacted through his PA: Emily Walker, on 0151 231 3366 or at

The Pro-Vice Chancellor for Scholarship, Research & Knowledge Transfer oversees the LJMU Scholarship Scheme and the LJMU PhD Scholarship Matched-Funding Scheme.

View the LJMU Research and Scholarship Strategy 2017-22

Watch Prof. Robin Leatherbarrow discuss the new Research Mentoring Programme at LJMU: