Arc Universities


The AUG team works closely with the universities, Government, the Arc’s LEPs, Growth Boards and business, to support the delivery of the Arc’s economic development goals.

Alistair Lomax
Director, Arc Universities Group
For six years prior to joining the Arc Universities Group, as founding Director, Alistair led the Advancement team at the University of Buckingham. Together with Vice-Chancellor, Sir Anthony Seldon, he established the first major drive for the University, raising over £30 million. Alistair has had a varied career as facilitator, charity chief executive and higher education fundraiser, working with the likes of Oxfam, Save the Children International, Refugee Resource, UCL, Imperial College and University College Cork. Alistair is a Trustee of the Aurora Orchestra.

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Professor Simon Pollard OBE
Chair, AUG Environment Partnerships Board
Pro-Vice-Chancellor and member of the University Executive, Simon leads Cranfield’s international partnership activities and the School of Water, Energy and Environment. With significant strategic experience, his career spans senior appointments in academia, consulting and government. An environmental engineer and Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, Simon’s research on risk governance has been funded by the US Water Research Foundation, EPSRC, NERC, BBSRC and Defra. Simon was awarded the OBE in the 2020 Queen's Birthday Honours list.

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Dr Michelle Cain
Technical Coordinator, AUG Environment Partnerships Board
Michelle’s core expertise is in greenhouse gases, air pollution and climate science. Her current research focuses on the role of greenhouse gases other than carbon dioxide in limiting global warming, consistent with the Paris Agreement’s temperature goal. Before joining Cranfield in 2020, Dr Cain was a senior researcher at the University of Oxford, where she developed the Oxford Martin Programme on Climate Pollutants which aimed to make climate metrics used in climate policy more fit-for-purpose.

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Ceri Evans
Communications Lead
Ceri has 20 years’ experience providing marketing and communications support for a range of public and private sector clients within the built environment sector. Having led UK Marketing for international surveying practices, CBRE and Knight Frank, and at digital communications agency, VU.CITY, Ceri’s varied career enables her to champion the role of the AUG in supporting the economic growth of the Oxford - Cambridge Arc.

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Lawrence Morris
Chair of AUG Communications Board (Public Affairs Manager, University of Cambridge)
Lawrence is Manger of Regional Public Affairs at the University of Cambridge. In this role he manages a programme of engagement with local and regional politicians, organisations and public bodies and ensures that the University's views are properly represented in local and regional decision-making. Prior to joining the University of Cambridge, he was Policy Manager at Cambridge Ahead, where he worked on the sustainable and inclusive growth of Cambridge and its wider region.

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