Peter Heard gained his PhD in the study of molecular dynamics in organo-transition metal complexes from the University of Exeter, UK. Following brief spells at Yale University, US, and Swansea University, UK, he worked for 12 years at Birkbeck University of London as a lecturer in chemistry. In 2007, he moved to Glyndwr University where he rose rapidly to become Pro Vice-Chancellor for Research. In 2013, he moved to Sunway University, Malaysia to take up the position of First Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Research, and subsequently, Provost. He is currently Provost at Global Banking School, UK.