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Professor Jon Timmis

Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Partnerships & Knowledge Exchange



I provide the strategic leadership for developing new collaborations with key partners for the University, including business, government and alumni and the strategic leadership for the development of the University's broad knowledge exchange activities. 

Biography in Brief

After a career in catering, I studied Computer Science as a mature student at the Department of Computer Science, Aberystwyth University and then studied for a PhD in the same department in the area of artificial immune systems.  I moved to the University of Kent in 2000 as a Lecturer, then Senior Lecturer at the School of Computing at the University of Kent.  I moved to York in 2005 to take up a position of Reader in a joint appointment between the Departments of Computer Science and Electronic Engineering.  In 2008 I was promoted to Professor and in August 2013 I moved full-time to the Department of Electronic Engineering. From 2015 – 2017 I served as the Head of Department for Electronic Engineering, before taking up the PVC role.

I was a holder of a Royal Society-Wolfson Research Merit Award (2011-2016) and a Royal Academy of Engineering Enterprise Fellowship (2014 – 2015) which helped me spend time to start up my own company, SimOmics, which I currently serve as CEO.

Roles & Responsibilities

What is your day job?

I work closely with the Research and Enterprise Directorate and the Office for Philanthropic Partnerships and Alumni (OPPA), York Science Park and academic departments to deliver on our partnerships and knowledge exchange strategy.  I maintain an active research profile in the Department of Electronic Engineering where I am PI and CI on RCUK and Industry grants and supervise a number of PhD students. I teach on the MSc in Intelligent Robotics.  I am CEO for SimOmics Ltd, a software company developing software tools to support evidence-based decision making with a focus on the 3Rs – replacement, refinement and reduction of animals in experiments. 

Role on The Board

I represent my partnerships and knowledge exchange portfolio and engage with wider University strategic issues.

Other Responsibilities

I am on the Board of York Science Park.

About Me

What makes me tick?

For me, Universities are amazing places, where world-class research and teaching are delivered in an open and welcoming environment. Universities contribute to society in so many ways. I think working in such and environment is amazing and no two days are ever the same, and the endless variety of work makes things so interesting.  I am committed to public engagement and often give talks in schools, colleges and other public events on science and engineering.

Outside of work, I practice Tai Chi, cook (I used to be a chef in a previous career) and spend as much time with my family as I can: children grow up so fast, I don’t want to miss too much.

My vision for the University

I believe that York can be a world-leading institution for knowledge exchange and I wish to see York as the leading institution for collaborations with industry and entrepreneurship, making regional and international impact.


I am very proud to have been Head of the Electronic Engineering Department at York, and to have worked with such an excellent Department. I am also very proud of the research I have undertaken and I have especially enjoyed (and still do) working with PhD students and seeing them develop over their PhD journey.   Finally, starting up my own company with my co-founders was an amazing journey, and continues to be so. 

Register of interests

Register of Interests (June 2017)

  • Biorenewables Development Centre - Director
  • National Centre for the Replacement, Refinement and Reduction of Animals in Research - Board Member
  • SimOmics Ltd - Director
  • Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers - Senior member



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