Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Pro-Vice-Chancellors

Professor Edmund Burke

Deputy Vice-Chancellor

Profile

Edmund Burke joined the University of Leicester as Deputy Vice-Chancellor in July 2018. He was Vice-Principal for the Faculty of Science and Engineering at Queen Mary University of London from 2015 to 2018. He joined Queen Mary from the University of Stirling where he held the positions of Senior Deputy Principal/Deputy Vice-Chancellor between 2014 and 2015 and Deputy Principal for Research from 2011 to 2014. Before joining Stirling in 2011, he held several academic positions at the University of Nottingham over a 21 year period, where he served ultimately as Dean of the Faculty of Science. He successfully studied for a PhD in Computer Science and Mathematics at the University of Leeds between 1987 and 1990.

A distinguished computer scientist, with a strong research record, he has supervised 34 PhD students to completion. He is Editor-in-chief of the Journal of Scheduling and Area Editor of the Journal of Heuristics. He has edited/authored 14 books and has published over 280 refereed papers.  Edmund's research has a strong practical component and he has collaborated closely with a number of companies including BT, KLM/Air France, NATS and Ortec. He has played a leading role in establishing three university spin-out companies.

An active researcher, Edmund has been awarded 58 externally funded grants worth over £18 million from a variety of funding bodies including EPSRC (Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council), ESRC (Economic and Social Research Council), BBSRC (Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council), the European Union, the Research Council of Norway and industrial organisations. 

Fellowships and awards

Honorary appointments

  • Honorary Professor, Queen Mary University of London (2018 – present)
  • Honorary Professor, University of Stirling (2015 – present)
  • Honorary Professor, Lancaster University (2013 – present)

External and professional activities

  • Member of the EPSRC Strategic Advisory Network (SAN) from January 2019
  • Chair of the EPSRC Strategic Advisory Team for ICT (April 2016 – present)
  • Served three separate terms on EPSRC Strategic Advisory Teams: ICT (April 2014 – present), Mathematical Sciences (August 2008 – March 2013) and ICT (May 2003 – October 2005)
  • Chair of the UK Huawei ICT Academy Advisory Board (October 2017 – present)      
  • Member of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Artificial Intelligence (March 2017 – present)
  • Chair of the Steering Committee of the EPSRC Observatory for Responsible Research and Innovation in ICT (Orbit) (February 2017 – present) 
  • He has engaged closely with the Operational Research Society over the years and has held a wide range of roles including membership of the General Council, the Accreditation Panel and the Education & Research Committee. He currently serves on the Society’s National Research Panel.
  • Member of the Expert Panel on Informatics and Knowledge Technology for FWO (Research Foundation Flanders) (January 2015 – December 2020)
  • Treasurer of the UK Committee of Professors in OR (COPIOR) (January 2011 – present)
  • Director of Nanoforce Ltd, a spin out company from Queen Mary University of London

Professor Jon Scott

Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Student Experience

Jon started life in Hove on the Sussex coast before venturing north to read biological sciences at Durham University. He stayed there for his PhD on sensory feedback in movement control. He then moved to Paris as a research fellow at the College de France before returning to Durham as a lecturer in zoology.

From Durham, Jon moved to a lectureship in physiology at Leicester, working on the control of hand movement. During this time he became increasingly involved in developments in learning and teaching and became Director of Biological Studies before being appointed Academic Director of the College of Medicine, Biological Sciences and Psychology in 2009. In 2012 he was appointed to a personal chair as Professor of Bioscience Education and in 2014 took up the role of Academic Registrar.

Jon has led a number of projects in the areas of assessment and feedback, academic integrity, retention and the student experience which contributed to him being awarded a University Teaching Fellowship in 2006 and being named UK Bioscience Teacher of the Year in 2011. He was awarded a National Teaching Fellowship by the Higher Education Academy (HEA) in 2012 and also recognised as a Principal Fellow of the HEA in 2013.

When not at his desk, Jon is a choral conductor and singer, and a not-very-successful grower of vegetables. He is also a (fairly) dedicated cyclist and has clocked up over 50,000 miles commuting since joining the University.

Professor Iain Gillespie

Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Research and Enterprise

Iain Gillespie became Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Research and Enterprise in January 2016. Previously he was Director of Science and Innovation at the Natural Environment Research Council, the UK’s leading funder for environmental science, and was lead director across the seven UK research councils for international research. He is honorary visiting professor at University College London, honorary professorial fellow at the University of Edinburgh, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh (where he takes an active role) and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Biology.

Prior to NERC, Iain was Visiting Professor in innovation in the life sciences at the University of Edinburgh. He spent 10 years at the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development leading work on science, technology and innovation, with a particular focus on the bioeconomy – a concept which he developed in the early 2000s – and more than a decade in UK central government, with science-based roles in the Cabinet Office, and the Departments of Environment, of Trade and Industry and of Health. He has had considerable engagement at UN and regional international level as well as in UK domestic policy and enterprise relations.

Iain is a microbiologist by training (BSc, PhD Edinburgh) and holds masters degrees in International Relations and European Politics (Kent) and Business Administration (Open). He sits on a number of advisory boards, including for NERC’s Centre for Environment and Hydrology and the Scottish Government’s Rural Affairs and the Environment Strategic Research Programmes.

Professor Martin Barstow

Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Strategic Science Projects

Martin Barstow joined the University of Leicester and the Department of Physics and Astronomy in 1979, following his undergraduate degree in physics at the University of York. Following his PhD and a series of post-doctoral space mission roles, he won a research council Advanced Fellowship and was appointed to a Lectureship, became Reader in 1998 and then Professor of Astrophysics and Space Science in 2003. He was head of the Physics and Astronomy department from 2005 to 2009 and Pro-Vice Chancellor and founding Head of the College of Science and Engineering from 2009 to 2016.

Martin’s research interests are the study of hot white dwarf stars and the surrounding interstellar medium. He has been involved in many space missions during his career, including NASA’s Voyager probes, which travelled to the outer planets of the Solar System. More recently he has worked on the Hubble Space Telescope helping to develop the plans for the final servicing mission, which took place in May 2009. He leads the Leicester contribution to the ESA Gaia mission and is looking forward to the launch of the James Webb Space Telescope in 2018, while already working on proposals for an even larger space telescope to follow that.

During the past few years, Martin has been invited to play an increasingly important role in scientific funding and advisory structures, as a member of the UK Science and Technology Facilities Council (2009-2015) and the Physics REF panel. He has also been a member of the ESA Astronomy Working Group and Space Programme Advisory Committee of the United Kingdom Space Agency. In 2005, he was elected to the Council of the Royal Astronomical Society, becoming Astronomy Secretary in 2008 and President for two years from May 2014 to May 2016. Martin was closely involved in the development of the National Space Centre in Leicester and continues to support its educational programme.

In his leisure time Martin is an active musician as a member of the choir and part-time organist at St Michael and All Angels, Cosby. He is regularly seen performing around the county as a member of Leicester Morrismen and finds time to tend a large garden and an allotment.