Hugh became Vice-Chancellor and President of the University of Bristol in September 2015.
A graduate of University College Dublin (UCD), Hugh trained in general medicine and nephrology, and was awarded PhD and MD degrees for research in renal physiology and molecular medicine. His academic career as a physician-scientist included positions at Harvard Medical School, the University of Toronto and UCD. He is an international authority on the pathogenesis of renal inflammation and diabetic kidney disease.
Hugh served as President of UCD from 2004-13. He has held a number of other leadership roles, including membership of Ireland’s Higher Education Authority, Chairman of the Irish Universities Association and Chairman of the Universitas 21 Network of global research universities. He is a non-executive director of Kerry Group plc and ICON plc. He was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Science from the Queen’s University Belfast, an Honorary Fellowship from the Royal College of Anaesthetists in Ireland and the Robert Menzies Medal from the University of Melbourne.