Northumbria University appoints Andy Long next vice-chancellor

Vice-chancellor designate Prof Andy Long has been at the University of Nottingham since 1990

Northumbria University has appointed Prof Andy Long as its next vice-chancellor after incumbent Prof Andrew Wathey retires this summer.

Prof Long will leave after an unbroken career at the University of Nottingham stretching back to 1990, rising to become deputy vice-chancellor and provost in July 2018.

Starting his academic career as an undergraduate mathematician, Prof Long later pursued a master’s in computer engineering and a doctorate in mechanical engineering. He has variously served as pro-vice-chancellor of the engineering faculty and executive dean for research during his 32-year tenure at Nottingham.

Northumbria University appoints Andy Long next vice-chancellor
Prof Andy Long will join Northumbria University in August 2022.

His research interests include polymer composites “with applications in the aerospace, automotive and renewable energy sectors”. He was a founding director of the EPSRC Future Composites Manufacturing Research Hub and is a chartered engineer and fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, the Institution of Mechanical Engineers and the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining.

Professor Long’s clear strategic vision and wealth of experience in leadership in higher education will be invaluable in taking this great university into its next phase
– Roberta Blackman-Woods, chair of the board of governors

Prof Wathey will leave after 14 years as the vice-chancellor of Northumbria University. The university has campuses in Nottingham and London. As of 2020/21, around 31,000 students – including 21,000 undergraduates – enrolled on courses at the university.

Prof Long said he hopes “to build on the achievements of Professor Wathey over his many years in the role” and expressed his excitement to meet “Northumbria’s students” and work “in the vibrant city of Newcastle-upon-Tyne”.

Dr Roberta Blackman-Woods, chair of the board of governors at Northumbria, said: “Prof Long’s clear strategic vision and wealth of experience in leadership in higher education will be invaluable in taking this great university into its next phase.

“His commitment, drive and enthusiasm for Northumbria will build on the outstanding achievements of Professor Wathey and his team.”


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