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Cillian Ryan

Pro Vice-Chancellor - International

International Office


Professor Cillian Ryan is Pro Vice-Chancellor International and is responsible for the ‘Connecting Globally’ theme of the University’s strategic plan, including responsibility for the University’s international partnerships around the world, international student recruitment, the international student experience, and the internationalisation of the UK student experience. Cillian also leads on a number of special projects at the University including responsibility for elite and community sports provision at NTU.

As a member of the University Executive Team, Cillian works with the Deans and relevant Heads of Professional Services to drive the strategic direction of the Schools within the College and oversee the management of the academic provision and research activities.

Cillian works with colleagues in the NTU Global Team to develop international strategic initiatives and activity, particularly in relation to the Connecting Globally theme of the University’s strategic plan, and frequently travels overseas with a view to further developing relationships with the University’s strategic overseas partners.

Career overview

Prior to his current appointment, Cillian was Pro Vice-Chancellor at De Montfort University, Leicester (2014–2016), and was the founding Dean of Liberal Arts & Sciences at the University of Birmingham (2011–2014). Other roles at the University of Birmingham included Deputy Head of the College of Social Sciences, (2008–2014), Head of the European Research Institute (2005–2008), Director of the University's Jean Monnet European Centre of Excellence (1998–2014), and holder of the Jean Monnet Chair in European Economics (1998–2014). At Birmingham Cillian also served as a member of the Council of the University of Birmingham 2010-2013, and Honorary Treasurer, Guild of Students, University of Birmingham, 2008-2013.

During his early career, Cillian held academic appointments in Ireland, the USA and Wales, as well as visiting appointments in Australia, France, Hong Kong and Singapore.

Research areas

Cillian completed his BA and MA degrees in Economics at University College Dublin, before undertaking his PhD at Western University, Canada.

Cillian’s academic research has focussed on the EU, international trade and business cycles, and he has advised a wide range of governments and international organisations including the Cabinet Office, the Treasury and the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) (in the UK), the Australian, Canadian and United Arab Emirates governments, the EU, the World Trade Organisation and United Nations Conference for Trade and Development.

External activity

Cillian is a Director of the Nottingham Legal Advice Centre and a member of the board of the Economics Network, He has served in a variety of capacities the Higher Education Academy, the British Council, the European Jean Monnet Network, OCR (A-level Exam Board) National Higher Education Consultative Group and the Royal Economics Society (including running the UK Royal Economics Society Easter School from 1992–2001).