Professor elected Chair of Pharmacy Schools Council

Professor Yvonne Perrie

21 January 2014

An Aston Professor has been elected Chair of the prestigious Pharmacy Schools Council (PhSC).

Professor Yvonne Perrie, Head of Pharmacy at Aston University, will lead the Council through an important period, which includes discussion into the reform of pharmacy education, along with possible proposals to manage the number of Master of Pharmacy students. She succeeds Professor John Smart, Academic Director of Pharmacy at the University of Brighton. 

The PhSC is responsible for representing the collective interests of all 28 UK schools of pharmacy- providing a source of expert opinion and advice on matters concerning pharmacy education from the perspective of UK schools. 

Professor Perrie said: “I’d like to thank Professor John Smart for his work in leading the Pharmacy Schools Council. The last few years have seen an increasing emphasis on the potential of pharmacy in healthcare delivery and in turn the reforms needed for this potential to be realised – and Professor Smart has been at the centre of these discussions. I look forward to leading the PhSC through them and ensuring that pharmacy schools remain influential.” 

I look forward to leading the PhSC and ensuring that pharmacy schools remain influential

Professor Smart, the outgoing Chair, said: “I am delighted that Professor Yvonne Perrie will take up the post of Chair of the Pharmacy Schools Council. It’s an exciting time for pharmacy education and it’s crucial that the PhSC stays at the forefront of this work. 

“I look forward to continuing as a member of the Council and to the great work we can achieve under Professor Perrie’s leadership in representing pharmacy education.” 

Professor Perrie joined Aston University as a lecturer in 2000 and since 2007 has held the Chair in Drug Delivery. Prior to her current post as Head of Pharmacy she held various leadership roles within Aston’s School of Life and Health Sciences, including Associate Dean for Learning and Teaching and Director of the Medicines Research Unit. 

In addition to her work at Aston University, Professor Perrie is Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Liposome Research and Pharmaceutics, and Associate Editor for the Journal of Drug Targeting, the Journal of Pharmacy and Pharmacology, along with Pharmacy, an open access journal on pharmacy education and practice. 

She currently has over 120 peer-reviewed publications and is recipient of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society’s Pharmaceutical Scientist of the Year Award for her contribution to developing a new tuberculosis vaccine. 


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Notes to editors: 

1.            For more information on the Pharmacy Schools Council (PhSC), please visit   

2.            For matters concerning this press release, or the activities of the PhSC more broadly, please contact Edward Knight, Communications and Website Officer, at [email protected], or call on 020 7419 5427.