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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 the University of 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".[1] The University of Glasgow currently has the highest number of extant Regius chairs, at fourteen.[2]

New Regius Chairs

Traditionally, Regius Chairs only existed in the ancient universities of the British Isles. 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.[3] 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.[4][5]

In July 2015 it was announced that further Regius Professorships would be created to mark the Queen's 90th birthday.[6]

University of Aberdeen

Aston University

University of Cardiff

University of Cambridge

University of Dublin

University of Dundee

University of Edinburgh

University of Essex

University of Glasgow

Regius Professor of Engineering at Imperial College London

Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine

University of Liverpool

University of London

University of Manchester

Newcastle University

Open University

University of Oxford

Queen's University Belfast

University of Reading

University of St Andrews

University of Southampton

University of Surrey

University of Warwick


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  2. ^ "Regius Professor of Law Appointed to the University of Glasgow". University of Glasgow. 1 October 2012. Retrieved 2013.
  3. ^ "Queen to bestow new Regius Professorships on outstanding Universities" (Press release). Cabinet Office. 12 October 2012. Retrieved 2013.
  4. ^ "New Regius Professorships announced for 12 universities". Times Higher Education Supplement. 29 January 2013. Retrieved 2013.
  5. ^ "Cabinet Office: The Queen awards prestigious Regius professorships to twelve universities" (Press release). PoliticsHome. 29 January 2013. Archived from the original on 22 March 2014. Retrieved 2013.
  6. ^ Garner, Richard (8 July 2015). "Budget 2015: Universities will be allowed to raise fees beyond £9,000, says George Osborne". The Independent. Retrieved 2015.
  7. ^ a b c Comrie, John D (1927). "Chapter 9: The Medical School of Aberdeen". History of Scottish Medicine to 1860 (PDF). London: Wellcome Historical Medical Museum.
  8. ^ Bulloch, John (1895). A History of the University of Aberdeen 1495-1895. London: Hodder and Stoughton.
  9. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k "Regius Professorships awarded to leading universities to mark Queen's 90th birthday - Press releases - GOV.UK". Retrieved .
  10. ^ "Prof J Iredale". University of Edinburgh. Retrieved 2014.
  11. ^ "Patronage of Chairs in Science and Engineering" (PDF). University of Edinburgh. Retrieved 2021.
  12. ^ "Imperial names first Regius Professor". Felix. 24 Oct 2013. Retrieved 2019.

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