Arc Universities


The AUG Operating Board is made up of senior representatives from the Arc universities. Working together with Government, the Arc’s LEPs, Growth Boards and business, to deliver the Arc’s economic development goals.

Prof Tom Stephenson
Cranfield University
Tom is Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research and Innovation. He leads Cranfield's research and innovation activities that includes development and delivery of research and knowledge exploitation strategies, leading relationships with research funders and submission of major grant bids. His responsibilities include the Research Excellence Framework (REF 2021) submission, research degrees and entrepreneurship, the latter covering intellectual property (IP), start-ups and the Cranfield Eagle Labs. Tom is Co-Chair of the Operating Board of the Oxford to Cambridge Arc Universities Group (AUG).

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Dr Phil Clare
University of Oxford
Phil is the Deputy Director, Research Services (Knowledge Exchange and Engagement) at the University of Oxford. Research Services works with the academic divisions at Oxford to negotiate and administer research grants and contracts at Oxford, and is also responsible for research ethics and integrity, clinical trials governance, the REF, intellectual property rights, due diligence and related knowledge exchange activities. Phil previously worked at the Universities of Bath and Bournemouth, and for the UK Research Office in Brussels. Phil is Co-Chair of the Operating Board of the Oxford to Cambridge Arc Universities Group (AUG).

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Prof Yvonne Barnett
Anglia Ruskin University
Yvonne is Deputy Vice-Chancellor at Anglia Ruskin University (ARU), with strategic leadership responsibilities for Research and Innovation; the ARU Doctoral School, Student Employability; Public Engagement; Athena Swan; Equality, Diversity and Inclusion. Prior to joining ARU, Yvonne was Senior Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research) at Nottingham Trent University. Yvonne has active research interests in the causes and mechanisms of cancer and ageing, and has authored over 100 peer-reviewed original research papers. During her career she has secured more than £35 million of funding from a range of regional, national and international bodies to support successful teaching, research and innovation initiatives.

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Prof Gavin Brooks
Buckinghamshire New University
Gavin joined Buckinghamshire New University in January 2020 as Provost and Deputy Vice-Chancellor. He has senior oversight of the academic schools and provides strategic leadership for the University Estates and for Marketing, Communications and Student Recruitment. He graduated with a first class honours degree in Pharmacy (1984) and obtained a PhD in organic chemistry and pharmacology (1988) from the School of Pharmacy, University of London. He registered as a Pharmacist with the Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain in 1985 and has remained an active member. Prior to joining Buckinghamshire New University, Gavin was Deputy Vice Chancellor at the University of Reading.

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Prof Diane Coyle
OBE, University of Cambridge
Diane is the inaugural Bennett Professor of Public Policy at the University of Cambridge. She co-directs the Bennett Institute where she heads research under the themes of progress and productivity, and advises the Government on economic policy, including throughout the Covid-19 pandemic. Her latest book, ‘Markets, State and People – Economics for Public Policy’ examines how societies reach decisions about the use and allocation of economic resources. Diane is also a Director of the Productivity Institute, a Fellow of the Office for National Statistics, an expert adviser to the National Infrastructure Commission, and Senior Independent Member of the ESRC Council. Diane was awarded a OBE for her contribution to the public understanding of economics in the 2018 New Year Honours.

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Prof Kevin Hetherington
The Open University
Kevin is the Pro-Vice-Chancellor of Research, Enterprise and Scholarship (RES). He has senior responsibility for strategic leadership and implementation of the institutional plans for research, enterprise and scholarship. This includes the University’s submissions to the UK-wide Research Excellence Framework (REF) and the OU’s institutional approach to knowledge exchange and expansion of entrepreneurial activities. Prior to joining OU, Kevin lectured at the universities of Keele, Brunel and Lancaster. Before taking up his current role in 2015 he was Dean of Social Sciences at the OU for three years.

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Dr Nicholas Lancaster
University of Bedfordshire
Nick joined the University of Bedfordshire in 2013, setting up the Innovation and Enterprise Service to help the University better develop its knowledge exchange and research agenda. Nick has held a number of senior positions in higher education as well as spending time within management consultancy and manufacturing industries. During his time as Director of Innovation and Enterprise at the University of Bedfordshire, income from the University’s knowledge exchange and collaborative R&D activities has nearly doubled.

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John Sinclair
University of Northampton
John is Dean of Arts and Sciences at the University of Northampton, A graduate of both the University of Aberdeen and London Guildhall University, John has a background in Quaternary Geology and has research interests in long-term climate change, sea level change and the geology of radon. Having begun his career at St Mary’s University College, John joined the (now) University of Northampton in 1993 as subject leader for Earth Science before becoming Associate Dean in 2004, Deputy Dean in 2010 and Dean of the Faculty of Arts, Science and Technology in 2016

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Prof Tim Vorley
Oxford Brookes University
Tim is the Pro Vice-Chancellor and Dean of Oxford Brookes Business School. Previously Deputy Dean and Professor of Entrepreneurship at the University of Sheffield, he also served as Deputy Director of the Research Exchange for Social Science, Director of External Business Advancement, and Associate Dean for Engagement, Impact and Innovation. Prior to working at Sheffield, Tim held positions at the Saïd Business School (University of Oxford) and the University of Cambridge. He currently leads the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)/Innovate UK-funded Innovation Caucus and is Co-Director of the ESRC-funded Productivity Insights Network, as well as partnering on several projects under the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund.

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