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Professor Richard Holland

Professor Richard Holland

Deputy PVC and Dean of the University of Exeter Medical School

 Medical School Building G.04


Medical School Building, St Luke's Campus, Magdalen Road, Exeter, EX1 2LU, UK


Richard qualified in 1991 from Cambridge (pre-clinical training) and Oxford (clinical training) and entered Public Health after a variety of junior doctor posts. Those jobs took him from Oxford to Bristol, Bath and Torbay before a year in Sydney and Rockhampton, Australia, where his roles included work with the Royal Flying Doctor Service. On his return to the UK in 1997, he entered Public Health working in Somerset before moving to Cambridge and subsequently UEA in 1999.

He was awarded an MRC Fellowship in 2001 and have gained £3.4 million as a principal investigator, over £12 million as a co-applicant, plus over £4.5 million in educational grant funding from NHS and charitable bodies.  He was promoted to a Chair at UEA in 2011 and his most recent major award was an NIHR programme grant with colleagues testing the effectiveness of a pharmacist independent prescribing intervention within care homes across England, Scotland and Northern Ireland. 
He has always had a passion for teaching and played an active role in the early days of UEA’s new innovative integrated medical course. He became its Course Director in 2008 and Deputy Head of School in 2012. 
He was appointed as Head of Leicester Medical School in 2017 and and joined the University of Exeter in 2023 as Deputy PVC and Dean of the Medical School.


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PhD, University of East Anglia

DPH, distinction, Cambridge University 

BM BCh, Oxford University 

BA, 2.1, Cambridge University 


Additional post-graduate qualifications/examinations 

Fellowship, Faculty of Public Health 

Membership, Institute of Learning and Teaching (by assessment) – now FHEA 

Membership, Faculty of Public Health 



Supervision / Group

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