Alan Langlands is a former Chair of the N8 Research Partnership Board. His experience in leadership also includes time as chief executive of the National Health Service in England (1994–2000), Principal and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Dundee (2000–2009), and Chief Executive of the Higher Education Funding Council for England (2009-2013).
Alan took up his position as Vice-Chancellor on 1 October 2013. He is the twelfth Vice-Chancellor of the University of Leeds.
Before joining the University, he was the Chief Executive of the Higher Education Funding Council for England, responsible for promoting and funding high-quality education and research in universities and colleges with higher education programmes.
Sir Alan has a particular interest in the scientific basis of health services, and until 2012, he chaired the board of UK Biobank – a major genetic epidemiology study funded principally by the Wellcome Trust and the Medical Research Council. He continues to chair the board of the Health Foundation, a UK-wide charity committed to improving the quality of healthcare. He was knighted in 1998 for his services to the NHS, he is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, and an Honorary Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences.
He is a science graduate of the University of Glasgow and was awarded an honorary doctorate by the University in 2001. He also has honorary doctorates from the Universities of Dundee and Edinburgh and the National Institute of Technology, Jalandhar, India. In recognition of his contributions to healthcare and professional education, he has been awarded Honorary Fellowships by the Royal College of Physicians, the Royal College of General Practitioners, the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons (Glasgow), the Faculty of Public Health Medicine, the Institute of Actuaries and the Chartered Institute of Public Finance. Alan is also a governor of the Royal Northern College of Music.