Regius Professor

Royal warrant creating a Regius Chair in Mathematics at the University of Warwick (2013)

A Regius Professor is a university professor who has, or originally had, royal patronage or appointment. They are a unique feature of academia in the United Kingdom and Ireland. The first Regius Professorship was in the field of medicine, and founded by the Scottish King James IV at the University of Aberdeen in 1497. Regius chairs have since been instituted in various universities, in disciplines judged to be fundamental and for which there is a continuing and significant need. Each was established by an English, Scottish, or British monarch, and following proper advertisement and interview through the offices of the university and the national government, the current monarch still appoints the professor (except for those at Trinity College Dublin in Ireland, which left the United Kingdom in 1922). This royal imprimatur, and the relative rarity of these professorships, means a Regius chair is prestigious and highly sought-after.

Regius Professors are traditionally addressed as "Regius" and not "Professor". The University of Glasgow currently has the highest number of extant Regius chairs, at fourteen.

Traditionally, Regius Chairs only existed in the seven ancient universities of the UK and Ireland. In October 2012 it was announced that Queen Elizabeth II would create up to six new Regius Professorships, to be announced in early 2013, to mark her Diamond Jubilee. In January 2013 the full list was announced, comprising twelve new chairs, probably the largest number ever created in one year, and more than created in most centuries. In July 2015 it was announced that further Regius Professorships would be created to mark the Queen's 90th birthday.

University of Aberdeen

Aston University

  • Regius Professor of Pharmacy

Cardiff University

  • Regius Professor of Chemistry (2016)

University of Cambridge

Trinity College Dublin

University of Dundee

  • Regius Professor of Life Sciences (2013)

University of Edinburgh

University of Essex

  • Regius Professor of Political Science (2013)

University of Glasgow

Regius Professor of Engineering at Imperial College London

Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine

University of Liverpool

  • Regius Professor of Chemistry (2016)

University of London

University of Manchester

  • Regius Professor of Physics (2013)
  • Regius Professor of Materials (2016)

Newcastle University

  • Regius Professor of Ageing (2016)

Open University

  • Regius Professor of Open Education (2013)

University of Oxford

Queen's University Belfast

  • Regius Professor of Electronics & Computer Engineering (2016)

University of Reading

University of St Andrews

University of Southampton

University of Surrey

  • Regius Professor of Electronic Engineering (2013)

University of Warwick


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