Professor Andrew Atherton was appointed as Principal and Vice-Chancellor from January 1, 2019.
Professor Atherton was formerly Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Professor of Enterprise at Lancaster University and is an expert in SME policy and China. At Lancaster he was responsible to the Vice-Chancellor for the overall academic development of the University, and oversees annual planning and major institutional projects.
Before joining Lancaster in 2013, Professor Atherton was Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor at Lincoln University, where he led on major university initiatives, including establishing the first new School of Engineering in the UK for more than 20 years, in partnership with Siemens.
Previously he worked at Durham University from 1995 to 2002, latterly as Head of Department and before that as Director of the Policy Research Unit within the Small Business Centre, Durham University Business School.
He has advised national and regional government as well as major bilateral and multilateral agencies on enterprise and small business policy development and implementation. He is a Mandarin Chinese speaker.