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The University Executive

The role of The University Executive is to advise the Vice-Chancellor on day-to-day management and decision making at the University.

Members of The University Executive

Vice-President (Education) – Professor Alex Neill

Vice-President (Education)
Professor Alex Neill

Executive Assistant: David Brown

Email: D.R.Brown@southampton.ac.uk

Main responsibilities

The Vice-President (Education) has University-wide oversight of all activities relating to education.

Research, achievements and external responsibilities

Professor Alex Neill is a Professor of Philosophy at the University, specialising in aesthetics, 18th century philosophy (especially Hume), and 19th century philosophy (especially Schopenhauer).

 Vice-President (International) - Professor Colin Grant

Professor Colin Grant, Vice-President (International)
Professor Colin Grant

Executive Assistant: Nicki Reed

Email: N.L.Reed@southampton.ac.uk

Main responsibilities

The Vice-President (International) provides University-wide oversight of all activities with an international component. This includes overall responsibility for: the international strategy, our international students and alumni, our international staff community, international research and innovation, international mobility, global profile and international partnerships with universities, governments, industry and other actors.

Research, achievements and external responsibilities

Professor Colin Grant is a Professor of Human Communication, whose research and educational interests focus on communications in unstable environments, a field in which he has published 9 book-length studies. He is Chair of the Boards of the University of Southampton Malaysian Campus and Southampton International Singapore Ltd.

Professor Grant is a long-standing member of the UUK International Strategic Advisory Board and a member of the British Council Education Advisory Group. He is a member of the DAAD Global Strategic Partnerships Review Committee and a Specialist Reviewer of the Hong Kong Council for Accreditation of Academic and Vocational Qualifications. He is Chair of the UUK Latin America Community of Practice.

He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and a fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Vice-President (Research and Enterprise) – Professor Mark Spearing

Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research and Enterprise)
Professor Mark Spearing

Executive Assistant: Fiona Wright

Email: F.D.Wright@southampton.ac.uk

Main responsibilities

The Vice-President (Research and Enterprise) 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. The Vice-President (Research and Enterprise) works closely with the Vice-President (Education) on overseeing doctoral student development.

Research, achievements and external responsibilities

Professor Mark Spearing is a Professor of Engineering Materials, whose research and educational interests focus on materials, solid mechanics, composite materials and micro-electromechanical systems. He leads the Aerospace University Industry Sector Team, is Chair of the Committee on Student Discipline and Chair of the Boards of the University of Southampton Malaysian Campus and Southampton International Singapore Ltd.

He is a member of the Technology Advisory Group of the UK Aerospace Technology Institute, is 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.

He was awarded a Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit Award for 2004-2009. He is a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society and Associate Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics.

Chief Operating Officer - Ian Dunn

Ian Dunn
Ian Dunn

Executive Assistant: Christine Lee Wing

Email: c.y.lee-wing@southampton.ac.uk

Main Responsibilities 

The Chief Operating Officer provides leadership to the University’s professional service departments.

This role ensures that our professional services support the University in realising its educational, research and enterprise ambitions.

Achievements and external responsibilities

Prior to joining the University of Southampton, Ian was Chief Executive of the Galapagos Conservation Trust, ran the corporate activities of the British Antarctic Survey and previously spent 25 years in the petro-chemical industry holding a number of senior positions.

Ian holds a BSc (Hons) in Environmental Sciences, an MBA, and in 2014 became a Master in Studies of Sustainability Leadership at Cambridge University, with distinction.

Ian is a trustee of Education for Life (Holland), a board member of Antarctic Science Journal and Chair of Life Education Foundation (Tanzania), a small orphanage/primary school he and his wife founded in 2007.

Director of Human Resources - Janice Donaldson

Executive Assistant: Teresa Broome

Email: T.Broome@soton.ac.uk

Main responsibilities

Janice is the Director of Human Resources as well as  Secretary to the Senior Salaries Committee.

Research, achievements and external responsibilities

Alongside her role as Director of Human Resources, Janice is a member of the University Senior Management Team and a member of the University Project Board.

Director of Finance - Sarah Pook

Personal Assistant: Julie Shaw

Email: J.Shaw@southampton.ac.uk

Main responsibilities

Sarah is responsible for the financial systems at the University, as well as the stewardship of finances, budgeting and preparation of financial statements. She maintains the internal system of control and is responsible for the vision within the Finance department.

Research, achievements and external responsibilities

Sarah is a CIPFA qualified accountant and also a chartered member of CIPD.

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