Manchester Metropolitan appoints new provost and deputy vice-chancellor

Professor Stephen Decent will join the university in December

Manchester Metropolitan University has appointed Professor Stephen Decent as provost and deputy vice-chancellor.

Pro-vice-chancellor at the University of Lancaster since 2014, Professor Decent will take up his new role in December.

“I am delighted to be joining Manchester Metropolitan University as provost and deputy vice-chancellor,” he said. “The quality, ambition and confidence of the university is impressive, as is its commitment to an outstanding student experience and to delivering excellent research with impact.”


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Professor Decent is slated to work on strategy and delivery at Manchester Met, alongside vice-chancellor, Professor Malcolm Press.

“I am absolutely delighted that we have appointed Steve,” said Professor Press. “He brings a tremendous wealth of knowledge and experience, and I am confident that he will make an enormously positive impact as the quality and reputation of our university strengthens further.”

Other duties for Professor Decent will include the planning and distribution of academic resources, being a key member of the University Executive Group, working in partnership with chief operating officer Professor Karen Moore, and representing Manchester Met on the national and international stage.

The quality, ambition and confidence of the university is impressive, as is its commitment to an outstanding student experience and to delivering excellent research with impact

In extracurricular work, Professor Decent chairs panels for both Jisc and UUK International, and has previously sat on HEFCE committees and review groups. He also brings international experience, having provided research leadership at Lancaster’s international campuses in China, Malaysia and Ghana, as well as through other extensive partnerships built up throughout his career.

His own field of academic expertise lies in applied mathematics, specialising in fluid mechanics – especially free-surface flows, jets and coatings – and the modelling of hydrogen fuel cells.