Published on 09/03/2021
Professor Anthony Hilton
  • Professor Anthony Hilton is appointed to the role of Pro-Vice-Chancellor and Executive Dean of the College of Health and Life Sciences

Aston University is delighted to announce the appointment of Professor Anthony Hilton to the role of Pro-Vice-Chancellor and Executive Dean of the College of Health and Life Sciences.

Anthony gained a PhD in microbiology at the University of Birmingham and continued to work there as a lecturer in the Institute of Public and Environmental Health for five years before joining Aston University in 2000.

At Aston University, he continues to pursue his research using molecular techniques to characterise and investigate the epidemiology of bacterial pathogens.

Anthony was appointed as senior lecturer and programme director of Biosciences in 2005 and promoted to Reader and head of department in 2009. Previously the Deputy Dean of the School of Life & Health Sciences for three years, he has held the position of interim Executive Dean of the College of Health and Life Sciences for the last 12 months.

He has served as honorary general secretary of the Society for Applied Microbiology, Trustee of the International Forum on Home Hygiene and held several journal editorial positions. He is a National Teaching Fellow, Fellow of the Royal Society for Biology and the Institute of Biomedical Science. Through his work with the media he is a regular contributor to print and broadcast articles in the field of popular microbiology and a passionate advocate for engaging non-science specialists and younger learners in microbiology.

Anthony said:

“I’m delighted to have the opportunity to continue to lead the College of Health and Life Sciences at Aston University, and fortunate to have a strong team with me.  I have developed an exciting vision for the College and looking forward to delivering it over the coming years.”

Professor Alec Cameron, Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive, said:

“Having thoughtfully and skilfully steered the College of Health and Life Sciences through the past 12 months as interim Executive Dean, I am confident that Anthony will continue to play an important role as a member of the University’s Executive Team, providing effective and collegial leadership at the highest level.”



Notes to editors

About Aston University

Founded in 1895 and a University since 1966, Aston is a long established university led by its three main beneficiaries – students, business and the professions, and our region and society. Aston University is located in Birmingham and at the heart of a vibrant city and the campus houses all the university’s academic, social and accommodation facilities for our students. Professor Alec Cameron is the Vice-Chancellor & Chief Executive.

Aston University was named University of the Year 2020 by The Guardian and the University’s full time MBA programme has been ranked in the top 100 in the world in the Economist MBA 2021 ranking. The Aston MBA has been ranked 12th in the UK and 85th in the world. The University also has TEF Gold status in the Teaching Excellence Framework. 

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