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Professor Michael (Mike) Curtis joins the Principal’s senior leadership team in the newly formed role of Senior Vice President (SVP) Academic. This new portfolio draws together academic oversight for, and co-ordination of, the academic activities of all nine faculties into a single role, with particular emphasis on cultivating inter-faculty and inter-disciplinary working, whilst fostering an environment which promotes innovation, empowerment, accountability and Faculty alignment with our single institutional strategy.


Professor Curtis is a member of the Principal’s Senior Team, the University Executive and the Senior Leadership Forum and works closely with other SVPs and senior officers of the university to deliver the broader institutional strategy.


Previously Executive Dean of the Faculty of Dentistry, Oral & Craniofacial Sciences, Mike comes with extensive experience in senior academic leadership. Prior to joining King’s, he served as Dean for Research of the School of Medicine and Dentistry (2002-04), Director of the Blizard Institute (2003-13), Dean of the Institute of Dentistry (2013-17) and Deputy Vice-Principal Health (2012-17) at Queen Mary University of London. Since joining King's in 2017, Mike has undertaken significant cross-college roles including the Lead for Main Panel A submissions to REF2021 and Co-chair of the return to campus working group throughout last year.


Mike is a distinguished microbiologist, most recently awarded the 2021 International Association for Dental Research William J Giles Award for the best paper published in the Journal of Dental Research. His publication record has been underpinned by competitive research funding totaling ca. £10 million from awarding bodies including the MRC, the Welcome Trust and the National Institutes of Health. Amongst several other international accolades, Mike has served as President of the British Society for Dental Research (2007), was awarded Honorary Fellowship in Dental Surgery of the Royal College of Surgeons of England (FDSRCS, 2008) and Fellowship of the Academy of Medical Sciences (FMedSci, 2009).