Nobel Prize winner starts work as new Bristol Chancellor

All hail Sir Paul

Following the recent retirement of Supreme Court Justice Baroness Hale, Sir Paul Nurse has taken up the post of Chancellor of Bristol University.

In a statement, Sir Paul said Bristol “is one of the UK’s great universities, both in terms of its world-leading research and also its teaching. With the recent announcements about its new campus and ambitious plans outlined in its new strategy, it’s an exciting time to be involved.”

Sir Paul will be officially installed as Chancellor on 22 March 2017, in the traditional ceremony held in the Wills Memorial Building.


Nurse is a geneticist and was a joint winner of the 2001 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for his work on the role of protein molecules in the cell cycle.

A graduate of Birmingham and UEA, he has received over 60 Honorary Degrees and Fellowships and is a former President of the Royal Society.

We wish Sir Paul the best of luck in his new position.