Regius Professor

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Royal warrant creating a Regius Chair in Mathematics at the University of Warwick.

Regius professorships are a unique feature of academia in the British Isles. The first Regius professorship was in the field of medicine, and founded by the Scottish King James IV at Aberdeen University in 1497. Regius Chairs have since been instituted in a variety of academic disciplines in various universities. Each was established by a British monarch, and — except in Ireland since 1923 — the current monarch still officially appoints the professor (following proper advertisement and interview, through the offices of the university and the national government). This royal imprimatur, and the relative rarity of these professorships, means a Regius Chair is prestigious and highly sought-after.

Glasgow currently has the highest number of extant Regius chairs, at thirteen.[1] Regius Professors are traditionally addressed as "Regius" and not "Professor".

New Regius chairs (2013)[edit]

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.[2] 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.[3][4]

University of Aberdeen[edit]

University of Cambridge[edit]

University of Dublin[edit]

University of Dundee[edit]

  • Regius Professor of Life Sciences (2013)

University of Edinburgh[edit]

University of Essex[edit]

  • Regius Professor of Political Science (2013)

University of Glasgow[edit]

Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine[edit]

  • Regius Professor of Engineering (2013)

King's College, University of London[edit]

  • Regius Professor of Psychiatry (2013)

London School of Economics and Political Science[edit]

  • Regius Professor of Economics (2013)

University of Manchester[edit]

  • Regius Professor of Physics (2013)

Open University[edit]

  • Regius Professor of Open Education (2013)

University of Oxford[edit]

University of Reading[edit]

  • Regius Professor of Meteorology and Climate Science (2013)

Royal Holloway, University of London[edit]

  • Regius Professor of Music (2013)

University of St Andrews[edit]

University of Southampton[edit]

University of Surrey[edit]

  • Regius Professor of Electronic Engineering (2013)

University of Warwick[edit]


  1. ^ "Regius Professor of Law Appointed to the University of Glasgow". University of Glasgow. 1 October 2012. Retrieved 3 April 2013. 
  2. ^ "Queen to bestow new Regius Professorships on outstanding Universities" (Press release). Cabinet Office. 12 October 2012. Retrieved 3 April 2013. 
  3. ^ "New Regius Professorships announced for 12 universities". Times Higher Educational Supplement. 29 January 2013. Retrieved 3 April 2013. 
  4. ^ "Cabinet Office: The Queen awards prestigious Regius professorships to twelve universities" (Press release). PoliticsHome. 29 January 2013. Retrieved 3 April 2013. 
  5. ^ a b c Comrie, John D (1927). "Chapter 9: The Medical School of Aberdeen". History of Scottish Medicine to 1860. London: Wellcome Historical Medical Museum. 
  6. ^ Bulloch, John (1895). A History of the University of Aberdeen 1495-1895. London: Hodder and Stoughton. 
  7. ^ "Prof J Iredale". University of Edinburgh. Retrieved 26 November 2014.