Professor Nick Rawlins
Pro Vice-Chancellor, Development & External Affairs, University of Oxford Development Office
Professor Nick Rawlins is Oxford University’s Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Development and External Affairs. He was previously the Watts Professor of Psychology and Fellow of Wolfson College, Oxford.
In his current role Professor Rawlins will provide leadership across the collegiate University and externally on the range of issues relating to development and external affairs. It includes responsibility for the Oxford University Development Office (UK, US and Japan), which works together with the colleges to co-ordinate fundraising and stewardship of philanthropic donors; management of the work of the Director of Alumni Relations/Secretary of the Oxford University Society, the University’s official alumni organisation; management of the work of the Director of Public Affairs; and oversight of civic relations.
Professor Rawlins completed both his BA and DPhil at Oxford. His research spans areas including the neural basis of memory, brain degeneration, pain and anxiety. He has published widely in these fields, winning research support from the Wellcome Trust and Medical Research Council, and one of his studies of schizophrenia was awarded a Pfizer Prize for Psychiatry in 1999. He was elected Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences in 2006. He has served on Grants Committees both for the Medical Research Council and the Wellcome Trust, and from 2004-2007 was the Wellcome Trust Neuroscience Panel Co-Chairman.
Professor Rawlins has been Associate Head of Oxford’s Medical Sciences Division since 2008. He was a Fellow of University College for more than 20 years, as University Lecturer and Sir Jules Thorne Tutorial Fellow, and also served as Development Fellow at the college from 2001 to 2007. He has served on a wide range of college, faculty and University committees, including serving as Chairman of Divisional Graduate Studies Committee from 2006-2008.