Jon Timmis appointed VC (commercial) for University of Sunderland

Prof Jon Timmis has been appointed as deputy vice-chancellor (commercial) of the University of Sunderland

Professor Timmis will drive the university’s commercial agenda when he takes up the role, contributing to the institution’s continuing sustainability and success.

Timmis’s remit will include recruitment, marketing and communications, knowledge transfer and exchange, work-based learning, partnerships, philanthropy and alumni relations, and international activity.

The university is going through an exciting transformation and I’m impressed by its plans and ambition

Sir David Bell KCB, the University of Sunderland’s vice-chancellor and chief executive, said: “It is clear that we have made an excellent appointment of a highly regarded academic, and one with a wide range of externally focused experience… I have no doubt that Jon will be an outstanding addition to our university.”

Timmis said: “I’m thrilled to take up the role as deputy vice-chancellor (commercial) at the University of Sunderland. The university is going through an exciting transformation and I’m impressed by its plans and ambition.”


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Timmis comes to the role from the University of York, where he is the incumbent pro-vice-chancellor for partnerships and knowledge exchange. He assumes the new role in May.