Currently Principal and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Aberdeen, Professor Sir Ian Diamond was previously Chief Executive of the ESRC, and before that Deputy Vice-Chancellor of the University of Southampton. He had been at Southampton since 1980 as lecturer, senior lecturer and Professor. Ian brings considerable knowledge and experience of social statistics and commissioning research, as well as the research funding environment.
In his research career, Ian's work crossed many disciplinary boundaries, most notably working in the area of population but also in health, both in the developed and less developed world, in environmental noise and with local authorities. His research has involved collaboration with many government departments including the Office for National Statistics, the Department for International Development, the Department of Transport and the Department for Work and Pensions.
Professor Sir Diamond is Chair of the Lloyds TSB Foundation for England and Wales and a trustee of the World Wildlife Fund UK. He is Chairman of the Universities UK Research Policy Network Committee, Chair of the Universities UK Group on Efficiency, and a member of the Scottish Science Advisory Council. Professor Sir Diamond was elected to the UK Academy of Social Sciences in 1999, is a Fellow of the British Academy (2005), a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh (2009) and holds honorary degrees from the universities of Cardiff and Glasgow.
Ian was knighted in the 2013 New Year Honours for services to social science and higher education.