Biography of Michael Farthing
Michael Farthing joined the University in 2000 as the first externally appointed Executive Dean of the Faculty of Medicine, and held the post until 2003.
Farthing graduated from University College, London and the University College Hospital Medical School in 1972. Following a Registrar post in Addenbrooke's Hospital, Cambridge, he was appointed Wellcome Research Fellow, Honorary Lecturer in Gastroenterology at St Bartholomew's Hospital, London.
Between 1980 and 1983, Farthing was a Wellcome Tropical Lecturer and held overseas posts as visiting lecturer and Assistant Professor in India, Boston and Costa Rica. He returned to the UK in 1983 as Wellcome Senior Lecturer and Honorary Consultant Physician in the Department of Gastroenterology at St Bartholomew's Hospital and, in 1990, was appointed to a personal professorship and Head of Department.
Farthing was Dean of the Faculty of Medicine at Barts and the London NHS Trust from 1995 until his appointment to the Chair at Glasgow in 2000. In 2003 he was appointed to St George's (formerly St George's Hospital Medical School), University of London, as Principal. He was also appointed Pro-Vice Chancellor for Medicine at the University of London in 2005. He became the seventh Vice-Chancellor at the University of Sussex in 2007.