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The Vice-Chancellor and President works closely with the Executive Team on everything concerning academic leadership at Warwick. It’s a team that features our Pro-Vice-Chancellors. These are:

Professor Christopher Hughes: Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Education)

Chris is Professor of International Politics and Japanese Studies in the department of Politics and International Studies (PAIS) and Pro Vice-Chancellor (Education). Chris holds responsibility for maintaining and enhancing excellent standards of teaching and learning across the broad spectrum of the University’s foundation, undergraduate and postgraduate provision. He leads our commitment to widening participation, to employability and to continuing to improve student satisfaction.
Chris holds degrees from the University of Oxford (BA), University of Rochester (MA), and University of Sheffield (MA and PhD). He held the Asahi Shimbun Visiting Chair of Mass Media and Politics, at the Faculty of Law, University of Tokyo, in 2006, and the Edwin O Reischauer Visiting Professor of Japanese Studies at the Department of Government, Harvard University from 2009 to 2010.

PA: Angela Gibson
Tel: 024 765 75063
Email: PVCEducation dot PA at warwick dot ac dot uk

pam.jpgProfessor Pam Thomas: Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research)

Professor Pam Thomas is responsible for academic leadership of the research portfolio and strategy at the University of Warwick.Pam was appointed as Warwick’s first female Chair of the Faculty of Science - Warwick’s equivalent of Dean - in 2011, before taking on a Pro-Vice-Chancellor’s portfolio strongly linked to Warwick’s 50th Anniversary in 2014.Since her appointment as Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research in 2016, Pam has been instrumental in supporting and maintaining Warwick’s research excellence. This also includes preparations for the next Research Excellence Framework (REF 2021). Pam’s leadership has been instrumental in fostering interdisciplinary research, particularly through the Global Research Priorities Programme, as well as developing research impact across the University. In 2019, Pam was responsible for the launch of the University’s refreshed Research Strategy. She is supported by a Research Executive team.

Pam has an international reputation for her research on lead-free piezoelectrics and non-linear optical ferroelectrics. She has published more than 150 peer-reviewed journal articles. In 2005, Pam became the first female Professor at Warwick in Experimental Physics, and her activities for the scientific community have been numerous and varied. In 2018, she was invited by the Minister for Universities and Science to lead a task-force on Open Research Data. Pam also sits on the Faraday Institute’s board of trustees.


PA: Lucy Goulding
Tel: 024 765 74463
Email: PVCResearch dot PA at warwick dot ac dot uk

 Professor Mike Shipman: Pro-Vice-Chancellor (International)

Mike Shipman is the new role of Pro-Vice Chancellor (International), where he will have responsibility for the academic leadership of the development and delivery of the international strategy in line with the University’s ambitions. Mike previously was Chair of the Faculty of Science, Engineering and Medicine. He provided oversight of 10 Academic Departments, supporting them deliver education and training to over 10,000 students from across the globe.

Mike Shipman is a chemical scientist who has taught and undertaken research in the field of organic chemistry for over 25 years. He was educated at Imperial College London and undertook postdoctoral studies at Colorado State University, USA under a NATO Fellowship. He held academic positions at the Universities of Loughborough and Exeter before joining the University. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) and Chartered Chemist (FRSC, CChem). He is a past recipient of the RSC Meldola Medal (1996), an EPSRC Advanced Research Fellowship (1999-2004) and served as Head of Department (2010-14). He has published >100 research papers on the preparation and uses of heterocycles, compounds which underpin many advances in human medicine, crop protection, biotechnology, and material science.

PA: Fiona Slater
Tel: 024 765 73486
Email: PVCInternational dot PA at warwick dot ac dot uk