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Cillian Ryan

Cillian Ryan

Pro Vice-Chancellor - International

International Office


Professor Cillian Ryan is Pro Vice-Chancellor (International) and Head of the College of Business, Law, and Social Sciences. In addition to leading the College, and international activity across the University, Cillian also has responsibility for the strategic direction of the sport 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 the Chair of the Leicestershire Police Ethics, Integrity and Complaints Committee, a member of the board of the Economics Network, an Honorary Professor at the University of Birmingham, and has served in a variety of capacities the Higher Education Academy, 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).