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Professor Pam A Thomas

Professor Pam A. Thomas is currently the Pro Vice Chancellor for Research at the University of Warwick
with responsibility for academic leadership of the research portfolio. In her personal research, she leads the
Ferroelectric Crystallography group in the Department of Physics. She was educated at Oxford University,
where she took a BA (Hons) in Physics and a DPhil on the subject of Optical Activity in Crystals in the
Crystallography Group of the Clarendon Laboratory.
Pam was the inaugural Director 2009-2011 of the Science City Research Alliance, a major HEFCE-funded
research programme for the universities of Birmingham and Warwick. She also oversaw and managed the
investment of £57M from regional and European funding agencies into research infrastructure under the
Science Cities initiative. She followed this by a period as Chair of the Faculty of Science, Warwick’s
equivalent of Dean, from 2011-2015, providing over-arching academic leadership to the 9 Departments in
the Faculty.
Pam’s activities for the scientific community have been numerous and include work for the Institute of
Physics, the Crystallographic Associations in the UK and Europe, the Science and Technologies Facilities
Council (STFC), the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility (ESRF) and the Engineering and Physical
Sciences Research Council (EPSRC). She was invited by the Minister for Universities and Science in 2016
to lead a task-force on Open Research Data, which will report later this year.
Pam is a trustee both of the Turing Institute and of the Faraday Institution and a member of the executive
management board of the Midlands Innovation collaboration of universities.