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Appointment of Pro-Vice-Chancellors

The University is pleased to announce that Professor Pam Thomas and Professor Mark Taylor have been appointed by the University’s Council to be Pro-Vice-Chancellors.

Pam will take up this role on 1 December 2014. Mark will start by the end of July 2015; this time period will also allow for appropriate consideration of the process to appoint a new Dean of Warwick Business School and to allow for transitional arrangements to be put in place until such time as a new Dean takes up their position.

3Pam Thomas joined Warwick in 1990, becoming a Professor in the Department of Physics in 2005. She was appointed as the inaugural Director of the Science City Research Alliance for the Universities of Warwick and Birmingham in 2009, leading this complex interdisciplinary programme between the two universities and in the wider region. She is responsible for the inter-departmental X-ray diffraction facility and leads a research group in Ferroelectrics and Crystallography within the Condensed Matter Group. She has also held a number of key administrative research and teaching roles in the department and has previously served on the Board of Graduate Studies. Most recently, she has been the first female Chair of the Board of the Faculty of Science – a role to which she was appointed in 2011.

Pam was educated at Oxford University, where she took a DPhil in the Clarendon Laboratory and undertook post-doctoral research. She has served on many national and international committees for physics, materials and crystallography and particularly for research at large central facilities such as the Diamond Synchrotron Facility in Oxfordshire and the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility in Grenoble. She currently contributes to the work of the Science and Technology Facilities’ Council (STFC) in the UK as a member of their national Science Advisory Board.

The portfolio for Professor Thomas will be confirmed shortly, and she will continue in her role as Chair of the Faculty of Science until a successor is appointed.


Mark Taylor is Dean and Professor of Finance at WBS. Before becoming Dean in 2010, he was a Managing Director at BlackRock. He has also been an Economist at the Bank of England and a Senior Economic Advisor at the International Monetary Fund in Washington DC.

He has held professorships at Cass Business School, at Oxford University and at Liverpool University, and was Visiting Professor of Finance at the Stern School of Business at New York University.

He completed his MA in Philosophy, Politics and Economics at St John’s College, Oxford University and also holds MSc and PhD degrees in Economics and Finance from Birkbeck College, London University, and an MBA in Higher Education Management from London University’s Institute of Education and an MA in English Literature from Liverpool University.

Mark’s work has been published in numerous leading journals and text books, and he is one of the most highly cited economists in the world in terms of citations of his published work by other researchers. In 2012 he was awarded a higher doctorate (DSc) by the University of Warwick for his lifetime contributions to Finance.

The portfolio for Professor Taylor will be confirmed closer to the time at which he takes up his appointment.