Professor Jonathan Knight

Professor Jonathan Knight completed his PhD in 1993 at the University of Cape Town before working as a research fellow at the École Normale Supérieure in Paris.

He held the position of Head of the Department of Physics here at Bath from 2008 to 2013, and subsequently became the Faculty of Science's Associate Dean for Research. He was the founding director of the Centre for Photonics and Photonic Materials and has published over 200 peer-reviewed journal papers in top-flight international journals.

He took up the post of Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research) in August 2015.

As Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research, Jonathan takes the lead on knowledge exchange (including the Impact Acceleration Account) and public engagement with research. He is also a member of the GW4 Board, and leads on the GW4 work on shared research infrastructure.

Jonathan is a Fellow of the Optical Society of America. His own research interests include how modern technology enables us to fabricate wavelength-scale structures, particularly photonic crystal fibres, with applications in areas as diverse as new light sources, high power laser delivery, and atomic physics.

Position: Pro-Vice Chancellor (Research)
Organisation: University of Bath
Address: University of Bath, Bath BA2 7AY
Email: [email protected]
Tel: +44 (0) 1225 383162
Mrs Sue Eglinton
Email: [email protected]
Tel: +44(0)1225 383162


Professor Nishan Canagarajah

Prof Guy OrpenProfessor Nishan Canagarajah was born and educated in Sri Lanka and then received his BA (Hons) and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Cambridge, UK in 1989 and 1993 respectively. He joined the University of Bristol in 1993 and became a Professor of Multimedia Signal Processing in 2004. He has served as the Faculty of Engineering Research Director (2006-2009), Head of Department of Computer Science (2009-2010), Head of Merchant Venturers School of Engineering (2010-2011) and Dean of the Faculty of Engineering (2011-2014). Nishan took up the post of Pro Vice-Chancellor for Research and Enterprise in August 2014 where he has overall responsibility for all research and enterprise activities.

Nishan’s research contributions in image segmentation and texture classification are internationally recognized and his research on audio signal processing led to an interactive exhibit, Virtual Drum, at the London Science Museum. He has led a number of successful international research partnerships and currently theme leader for the joint £5M EPSRC/DST collaborative programme on next generation Telecommunications Systems and Services which includes a number of UK and Indian Universities and industrial partners. He has acted as a Technical Consultant for a number of companies including Sony, BT, BBC, Orange, Thales, Toshiba, LG and the Met Police. He has served on a number of national and international panels on research funding, governance and postgraduate education.

Position: Pro Vice-Chancellor
Department: Research 
Organisation:   University of Bristol
Address: Vice Chancellor's Office, Senate House, Tyndall Avenue, Bristol BS8 1TH
Email: [email protected]
Profile: Profile
Carly Durbin
Email: [email protected]
Tel: +44 (0)117 928 8275


Professor Mark Goodwin 

Prof Nicholas TalbotProfessor Mark Goodwin graduated from the University of Sussex, before completing his PhD at the London School of Economics. He joined the staff at Exeter in 2004, and prior to this was Director of the Institute of Geography and Earth Sciences at the University of Wales, Aberystwyth. He became Deputy Vice-Chancellor at Exeter in 2013, having previously been Dean of the College of Life and Environmental Sciences. Mark leads on External Affairs for the University within the UK and is also responsible for the University’s activities at our Cornwall Campus. He is the University lead for equality and diversity and line manages the University of Exeter Business School and the College of Humanities.

The body of Mark’s research has centred on an analysis of the structures and processes of sub-national government. Empirical work on the changing nature of government has been carried out in both urban and rural areas, and conceptual and theoretical work has helped to elaborate the concepts of local state and local governance. This has been pursued through a wide range of externally funded projects involving significant interdisciplinary research, especially with political scientists and sociologists. He is the only geographer to have held ESRC grants in both the Local Governance Research Programme and the Devolution and Constitutional Change Research Programme, and was the only geography participant in the ESRC seminar series on Local Governance and Local Government. Mark has directed a number of research projects, worth in total over £2 million, funded by the ESRC, Welsh Assembly Government, Joseph Rowntree Foundation and a variety of local, regional and national agencies.

He has also been Chair of the Political Geography Research Group, a study group of the Royal Geographical Society with the Institute of British Geographers. His publications include over 50 refereed papers and chapters, and he has written or edited 8 books, including Introducing Human Geographies (Arnold), Practising Human Geography (Sage) and Envisioning Human Geographies (Arnold). Mark served on the Strategic Research Board of the ESRC from 2003-2007, and was its vice-chair from 2006-2007. He also sat on the Strategic Advisory Committee of the £24 million interdisciplinary research programme on Rural Economy and Land Use from 2003-2007 and chaired its Management Advisory Committee, which brought together representatives from three Research Councils. Mark was elected as an Academician of the Academy of Social Sciences in 2011.


Position: Deputy Vice-Chancellor
Department: Research & Knowledge Transer
Organisation:  University of Exeter
Address: University of Exeter (Streatham Campus), Innovation Centre Phase 2, Rennes Drive, Exeter, Devon, EX4 4RN, UK
Email: [email protected]
Wendy Burden
Email: [email protected]
Tel: +44 (0) 01392 725834


Professor Mark Spearing

Mark is a Professor of Engineering Materials, whose research and educational interests focus on materials, solid mechanics, composite materials and micro-electromechanical systems.
He received his Ph.D from Cambridge University in 1990, working on the fatigue damage mechanics of carbon fibre composites. He worked as a research engineer at UC Santa Barbara from 1990-92 where he developed models for the failure of high temperature ceramic materials. From 1992-94 he was an engineering specialist at BP Research and subsequently a research engineer for Carborundum Microelectronics, where he was a member of the electronic packaging technology development team. From 1994 to 2004 he was on the faculty of the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, receiving tenure in 2001, and being appointed Full Professor in 2004. He was awarded a Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit Award in November 2004 and is a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society and Associate Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics.
After joining the University of Southampton, Mark became Head of the School of Engineering Sciences, before taking on the role of Pro Vice-Chancellor International and now Vice President (Research and Enterprise).
He is a member of the Technology Advisory Group of the UK Aerospace Technology Institute, a member of the review panel of the MIT-Portugal Programme and the International Advisory Panel for the Singapore Maritime Institute. He is also Chair of the Fellowship Evaluation Panel for the Singapore National Research Foundation, and is a member of the EPSRC Peer Review College and EPSRC’s Capital Equipment Strategic Advisory Team.
As Vice-President, Mark has University-wide oversight of all research and enterprise activities. This includes overall responsibility for: the research and enterprise strategy, funding, research governance, research quality, the Concordat for Early Career Researchers, engagement with external parties, intellectual property and 'spin-out' companies.
Position: Vice-President (Research and Enterprise)
Organisation:  University of Southampton
Address: Office of the President and Vice-Chancellor, University of Southampton, Room 4029, Building 37, Highfield Campus, Southampton SO17 1BJ
Email: [email protected]
Tel: +44 (0)23 8059 9526
Profile: Profile
Fiona Wright
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Tel: +44 (0)23 8059 7653


David Sampson

Professor David Sampson is the Vice-Provost, Research & Innovation, at the University of Surrey, Guildford, UK. David leads research and innovation across the whole “technology readiness levels” spectrum, championing the Surrey Advantage of impact through excellence. David’s portfolio includes: research & innovation strategy; research training; knowledge exchange; and commercialisation, framed around six themes: Lifelong health & wellbeing; Digital innovation; Innovation for health; Urban living; Sustainability; and Space & aerospace. Previously, David was Director of the Centre for Microscopy, Characterisation & Analysis and remains head of the Optical+Biomedical Engineering Laboratory, both at the University of Western Australia (UWA), Perth, Australia.

David has nearly thirty years’ experience in research in photonics, optics, and microscopy, and applications in communications and biomedicine and ten years’ experience in managing science infrastructure. His research interests are in the science and applications of light in medicine and biology - biomedical optics or biophotonics. He is an authority in optical coherence tomography, with main interests in the microscope-in-a-needle, which targets surgical and biopsy guidance, for which he was awarded the IEEE Distinguished Lecturer Award and several other prizes and optical elastography, the micro-scale imaging of the mechanical properties of tissue, with both undergoing commercialisation.

David is heavily involved in the global optics & photonics community, serving as Director of the SPIE – The International Society for Optics & Photonics (2017-2019), and is a fellow of the optics societies, SPIE and OSA, and the electrical engineering society, IEEE. He serves on various society committees and editorial boards.

Position: Vice-Provost
Department: Research and Innovation
Organisation:  University of Surrey
Address: University of Surrey, Senate House, Guildford, Surrey GU2 7XH
Email: [email protected]
Tel: +44 (0)1483 682040
Stephanie Twohig
Email: [email protected]
Tel: +44 (0)1483 689107