Professor Anthony Culyer

Country: United Kingdom
Sector: Higher Education
Job title: Professor Emeritus
Subject of study: Economics
Year of graduation: 1964
Type/Level of study: Undergraduate

What have you been doing since leaving Exeter, and what are you doing now?

Pursued an academic career, lots of government and other advisory work, especially in the healthcare sector in UK and abroad. Was Deputy Vice-Chancellor University of York. Vice Chair of NICE. Honours include: FMedSci, Founding Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences (1998) CBE, Commander of the British Empire (1999) FRSA, Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (1999) DEcon, Doctor of Economics, honoris causa (Stockholm School of Economics, Sweden) (1999) FRCP, Honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of London (2003)

Why did you choose this career? And what do you enjoy most about your work?

Opportunities to train young minds. Opportunities to affect public policy and improve the quality of everyone’s life. Impact on health and healthcare in low- and middle-income countries.

Please tell us if you were a member of any societies, groups or sports clubs?

Labour Club. Music Soc. Rowing. Later, as member of academic staff, some coaching.

What did you enjoy most about your programme and what was the biggest highlight?

Finding a subject I seemed to be good at!

What did you enjoy most about studying here?

Argument. Meeting Alistair Hennessy’s fantastic visitors.

Why did you choose to study at Exeter?

Because Alan Williams interviewed me.

What skills and experiences have been most useful for your career?

Listening to others, distinguishing ends from means, writing well.

What advice would you give to a current student who wishes to pursue your career?

A good idea badly expressed is a bad idea.

What are your plans for the future?

Keeping going as long as possible and challenges remain.


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