The Vice-Chancellor is the University’s chief executive.
I am its most senior academic and also its most senior administrative officer.
I have been Vice-Chancellor of the University of York since 2002.
I was educated at Manchester Grammar School and Christ’s College, Cambridge. I have worked at the Universities of Sussex, Banaras, Oxford and York, and with leading companies such as Alcan, Elsevier, General Electric and Rolls-Royce.
I have advised agencies such as EPSRC, NASA, the EU, and the UK, Dutch, Spanish and German governments. At Oxford, I was Cookson Professor of Materials, Head of the Division of Mathematical and Physical Sciences, a Fellow of Jesus and St Catherine’s Colleges, founder of the Begbroke Science Park, and on the Boards of the Kobe Institute and Isis Innovation.
At York, I am on the Boards of Yorkshire Innovation, the White Rose Consortium, Worldwide Universities Network, the National Science Learning Centre, the Royal Academy of Engineering, and the Centre for Low Carbon Futures.
My job is to provide strategic leadership for all the University's activities:
I chair the Senior Management Group (SMG) and oversee the agenda and minutes.
My role on SMG is to ensure that all important issues facing the University are debated and discussed in detail, so that agreed policies and decisions can be presented for approval at Senate and Council.
I lead these debates, ensuring input from all parts of the University community, and acting as the final arbiter of important decisions.
I enjoy working with outstanding colleagues. I enjoy appointing them and helping them to do a great job.
I enjoy seeing students develop their own abilities and go on to rewarding lives. I enjoy supporting great research, advancing human understanding and contributing to solving the problems of the world. I enjoy promoting the University as an outstanding organisation throughout the world.
I like working hard but I also like taking time off. My main external activities are mountaineering, playing the guitar and collecting modern art.
My vision is to make the University of York a world leader in the creation of knowledge through fundamental and applied research, the sharing of knowledge by teaching students from varied backgrounds, and the application of knowledge for the health, prosperity and well-being of people and society.
My research has contributed to fundamental scientific advances and improvements in many industrial products. I have supervised over 130 research students and postdocs, published over 300 papers and books, given over 100 invited talks in more than 15 countries, and am on the ISI Most Cited Researchers List.
I was awarded the Rosenhain and Platinum Medals of the Institute of Materials, am an Honorary Professor at Shenyang, Zhejiang and Nanjing Universities, a Member of Academia Europea and the World Technologies Network, and a Fellow of the Institute of Materials, the Institute of Physics, the Chartered Management Institute and the Royal Academy of Engineering. I was elected to the last as 'a world authority on materials and manufacturing'.
[3-14 are non-paid; 4-14 are on behalf of the University]