Pro-Vice-Chancellor, School of Pharmacy, Queen’s University Belfast

David Jones is Professor of Pharmaceutical and Biomaterial Engineering at Queen’s University Belfast and, since 2014, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Education and Students.

He gained a BSc (1st class honours) in Pharmacy (1985), a PhD in Pharmaceutics (1988) and, in 2006, a DSc., all from Queens University of Belfast. More recently (2014) he gained a BA (1st class honours) in Mathematics and Statistics from the Open University.

From 1989-1992 he was a lecturer in Pharmaceutics at the University of Otago and from 1992-1994 he held the position of Head of Formulations at Norbrook Industries Limited. In 1994, he was appointed to a lectureship at the School of Pharmacy, QUB and was promoted to a Senior Lectureship in 1997. Since 1999 he holds a personal Chair at the School of Pharmacy, QUB.

His research concerns the characterisation, formulation and engineering of pharmaceutical materials/dosage forms and biomedical devices. He is the author of three textbooks, 15 patents and over 450 research papers/communications.

He has received four international awards for his research, namely the British Pharmaceutical Conference Gold Medal Awards (1997), the Lilly Prize for Pharmaceutical Excellence (1997), the Academy of Pharmaceutical Sciences Innovation Award (2017) and the Griffith Medal of the Institute of Materials, Mining and Mining (2019)

He is a Chartered Engineer, a Chartered Statistician and a Chartered Chemist and is an elected Fellow of several learned societies, notably, the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining, the Royal Statistical Society, the Irish Academy of Engineering and the Royal Academy of Engineering and is an Eminent Fellow of the Academy of Pharmaceutical Sciences. He is the Editor of the Journal of Pharmacy and Pharmacology.