Interim Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research and Knowledge Exchange


April 26th, 2023

Professor Sam Kingman is the university’s new Interim Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research and Knowledge Exchange.  

Professor Kingman has responsibility for the university’s research portfolio and implementation of the research strategy until 1 October 2023, when Professor Tom Rodden takes over as Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research and Exchange. 

Alongside his new role, Professor Kingman will continue with the support of colleagues as Pro-Vice-Chancellor for the Faculty of Engineering. He is a member of the university’s Executive Board and in his new position will also chair the Research and Knowledge Exchange Committees and Nottingham Technology Ventures. 

He said: “I am delighted and honoured to succeed Professor Neil Crout as Interim Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research and Knowledge Exchange following his retirement. I will work hard to maintain progress in the implementation of our research strategy and support our researchers in being the best they can be.” 

“I have worked at the university as a researcher and research leader for some time. We’ve made meaningful progress but I’m here to listen and learn. Not least in thanks to Neil and our previous PVC for Research and Knowledge Exchange, Professor Dame Jessica Corner, working closely with colleagues across the university, our systems for supporting researchers are better.  While there is much to do, our renewed research strategy underlines real commitment to improving our research quality and the culture to support this.” 

Vice-Chancellor Professor Shearer West said: “I am delighted to welcome Sam to the role of Interim Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research and Knowledge Exchange. His experience and leadership will be a tremendous boon to colleagues across the university who are dedicated to delivering and supporting research excellence.” 

Sam Kingman is a Professor in the Department of Chemical and Environmental Engineering. He is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, one of the highest honours that an engineer can receive in the UK. A Chartered Engineer and a Fellow of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining, his research focuses on the development of industrial applications of microwave heating, which have enabled increased energy efficiency, improved process performance, reduced waste and costs. 

Professor Kingman has authored over 300 journal articles and conference papers and is inventor on almost 200 patents. He has also generated well over £25m of research income, mostly from industry. 

As Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Engineering since 2018, he has focused on developing a strong people culture, and is committed to delivering a significant and measurable difference to equality, diversity and inclusion in STEMM subjects. 

Read Professor Kingman’s first research update.

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