Mike Pittilo

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Mike Pittilo
Principal of
Robert Gordon University
In office
September 2005 – 16 February 2010
Preceded by Bill Stevely
Personal details
Born (1954-10-07)7 October 1954
Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom
Died 16 February 2010(2010-02-16) (aged 55)
Residence Aberdeen
Alma mater University of Strathclyde, University of East London
Profession Biologist

Robert Michael "Mike" Pittilo MBE (7 October 1954 – 16 February 2010) was a British biologist and Principal and Vice-Chancellor of the Robert Gordon University, in Aberdeen, Scotland. Pittilo worked in research and education for most of his adult life, holding a number of positions at universities throughout the United Kingdom, notably as Foundation Dean of the Faculty of Health and Social Care Sciences at Kingston University and St George's, University of London, and as Pro Vice-Chancellor of the University of Hertfordshire.

Early life[edit]

Pittilo was born in Edinburgh.[1] He was educated at the independent Kelvinside Academy in Glasgow and the University of Strathclyde,[1] where he studied biology, graduating in 1976.[2] He then started work as an electron microscopist at Glasgow Royal Infirmary, before taking up a post as a Research Assistant at the North East London Polytechnic, completing an Agricultural Research Council-supported Ph.D. on protozoan parasites of poultry in 1981.[1][2]


After completing his doctorate, Pittilo worked as a Postdoctoral Research Assistant at Middlesex Hospital Medical School[2] from 1981 to 1985, before moving to Kingston University (then Kingston Polytechnic). He began as a lecturer, rising to become a senior lecturer and then reader, being appointed Professor of Biomedical Sciences and Head of the Department of Life Sciences in 1992,[2] and Foundation Dean of the University's shared Faculty of Health and Social Care Sciences with St George's, University of London, in 1995,[1] taking on additional responsibilities for Multiprofessional Education in 1996 and Taught Postgraduate Courses in 1999.[2] In 2001, Pittilo was appointed Pro Vice-Chancellor of the University of Hertfordshire, a post he held until being appointed Principal of the Robert Gordon University in 2005.[1][2][3] He was Chairman of the Regulatory Working Groups for Herbal Medicine and Acupuncture at the Department of Health from 2002 to 2003, returning to the position in 2006.[2]

Personal life[edit]

Pittilo married Carol Blow in 1987. He was a member of the Royal Society of Medicine and the Royal Northern and University Club, Aberdeen. He died on 16 February 2010.[4]


  1. ^ a b c d e "RGU:The Principal". Robert Gordon University. Retrieved 15 November 2009. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g "RGU: Profiles: Mike Pittilo". Robert Gordon University. Retrieved 15 November 2009. [dead link]
  3. ^ "Pittilo appointed". The Times. 4 March 2005. Retrieved 15 November 2009. 
  4. ^ "University principal dies aged 55". BBC News. 16 February 2010. Retrieved 12 May 2010. 
Academic offices
Preceded by
Bill Stevely
Principal of the Robert Gordon University
Succeeded by
Ferdinand von Prondzynski