Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Education and Student Experience)
Professor Stephen Denyer graduated Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours) from the University of Nottingham where he also obtained his PhD, subsequently joining the staff of the Nottingham School of Pharmacy as Lecturer in Pharmaceutical Microbiology. In 1991, he became Head of the School of Pharmacy and Biomolecular Sciences at the University of Brighton as Professor of Pharmaceutical and Applied Microbiology. Stephen departed Brighton in 2003 to head the Welsh School of Pharmacy at Cardiff University, subsequently to be appointed Deputy Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Education and Students and then University Dean for Academic Quality. In 2014, he returned to Brighton as Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Education and Student Experience. Stephen was elected Fellow of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPSGB) in 2000, received the Society’s 2003 Charter Gold Award for outstanding contributions to the profession, and was made Faculty Fellow in 2013.
Stephen has contributed to the work of a number of national bodies. He has been a microbiology adviser to the UK Medical Devices Agency (1993-2000) and the Department of Health Committee on Decontamination Science and Technology (2005-2011), was an expert assessor on active implantable medical devices (1993-2012). He is a microbiology expert on the British Pharmacopoeia Commission (2003-date) having also served on an Expert Working Party for the European Pharmacopoeia. For a number of years, Professor Denyer was a member of the Medicines & Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) sub-committee for Pharmacy, Chemistry and Standards (1999-2008) licensing new medicines. He is currently Deputy Chair of the Health Protection Agency’s Rapid Review Panel assessing novel infection control agents for use in the NHS. Professor Denyer is a former academic member of the RPSGB Council (2005-2008), has extensive experience as an MPharm accreditation team member currently serving as UK team leader, and has twice contributed to RPSGB-led education standards reviews. He was appointed QAA Higher Education institutional reviewer in 2012, and has acted as external examiner and adviser to a number of higher education institutions. Stephen currently serves on the HEFCE Teaching Excellence Framework Project Board overseeing the implementation of Year 2 TEF.
Stephen’s research interests are directed towards clinical application and include: microbial pathogenicity and medical device infection; microbial detection; antimicrobial systems; and the design of new biocompatible biomaterials for restorative surgery. He has published over 180 peer-review journal articles and chapters, and edited eight books. His research has led to patent development and the formation of spin-out companies. He has consulted for over 40 organisations and served on journal editorial boards.