|President and Vice-Chancellor |
University of Southampton
|Assumed office |
1 October 2019
|Preceded by||Christopher Snowden|
1 January 2012 – 30 September 2019
|Preceded by||Paul Wellings|
|Succeeded by||Andrew John Schofield|
|Deputy Vice-Chancellor |
University of Warwick
1 May 2010 – 31 December 2011
|Succeeded by||Koen Lamberts|
Mark Edmund Smith
|Awards||Fellow of the Institute of Physics|
|Alma mater||Churchill College, Cambridge |
University of Warwick
Mark Edmund Smith, physicist, academic, and academic administrator. He specialises in nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) and materials physics. Since October 2019, he has been the President and Vice-Chancellor of University of Southampton, having previously held the office of Vice-Chancellor of Lancaster University, and Professor of Solid State NMR in its Department of Chemistry since 2012. He has previously lectured at the University of Kent and the University of Warwick.is a British
Early life and education
Smith was born and brought up in Suffolk, England. studied natural sciences at Churchill College, Cambridge, and graduated from the University of Cambridge with a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree. He undertook postgraduate research in physics at the University of Warwick, graduating with a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree.
Smith began his career as an application scientist and worked for Bruker Analytische Messtechnik (part of the Bruker Corporation) in Germany. He then worked as a research scientist in the Division of Materials Science at Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) in Australia.
In 1992, Smith returned to England and began his academic career, having been appointed a lecturer at the University of Kent. He was later promoted to reader in solid-state nuclear magnetic resonance.
In 1998, Smith moved to the University of Warwick where he had been appointed a reader in its Department of Physics. He was later promoted to Professor of Physics. He was appointed Chair of the Faculty of Science in 2005 and Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research in 2007. On 1 May 2010, he was appointed Deputy Vice-Chancellor (DVC), making him the second most senior academic at the University of Warwick. As DVC, he deputised for the Vice-Chancellor of the university when needed, and was in charge of all academic resourcing issues (with a budget of £240 million), of human resources and of the university's capital program.
On 5 August 2011, Smith was announced as the next Vice-Chancellor of Lancaster University. He took up the post on 1 January 2012, becoming the university's sixth Vice Chancellor since it was established. He was also appointed Professor of Solid State NMR in the Department of Chemistry. He was paid £271,000 in 2012/13 academic year and £281,000 in 2013/14 academic year.
University of Southampton
Outside of his university work, Smith has held a number of appointments. In 2012 and 2013, he chaired a review into the content of A-Levels. From 1 January 2013 to 31 December 2015, he was a member of the Higher Education Funding Council for Wales. In December 2014, he became a trustee of Jisc (previously called the Joint Information Systems Committee). As of March 2015[update], he is the Chair of the Board of the Higher Education Careers Service Unit.
Smith is an elected Fellow of the Institute of Physics (FInstP). He was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2019 Birthday Honours for services to research and higher education.
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