Our Faculty leadership
Meet the people who lead the Faculty of Science and Engineering at the The University of Manchester.
Professor Martin Schröder, Vice-President of The University of Manchester and Dean of the Faculty of Science and Engineering
As a member of the University’s Senior Leadership Team Martin has a shared responsibility for promoting and achieving the University’s goals set out in Our Future. He is a Professor of Chemistry and joined the University in 2015 as the Dean of the Faculty. He provides academic leadership to promote excellence in teaching, research and social responsibility, and is accountable to the President for the performance of the Faculty. His research interests lie in the area of materials chemistry, specifically the design, synthesis and study of porous metal organic framework materials for energy and environmental applications.
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Catherine Grills, Director of Faculty Operations
As Director of Faculty Operations, Catherine is responsible for Professional Services across the Faculty. Reporting to the Registrar, Secretary and Chief Operating Officer, Catherine works closely with the Dean providing sound business advice and leadership on key strategic decisions. As a senior member of the University’s Professional Services Leadership Team, Catherine balances the requirements of the Faculty alongside the need for consistency and collaboration across the wider University. Catherine has been at the University since 2001 when she started in the Planning team at UMIST and has moved through various leadership roles within School, Faculty, and central directorates.
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Heads of School
Professor Alice Larkin, Head of School of Engineering
Alice is a part of the Faculty Leadership Team and is the most senior academic figure in the School of Engineering. Working with the School’s Leadership Team she is responsible for the effective running and future development of the School. Alice joined the University as a post-doc in 2003 and is a Professor of Climate Science and Energy Policy as part of the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research. Her research interest lie the conflicts between climate change and transportation, including aviation and shipping.
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Professor Chris Hardacre, Head of School of Natural Sciences
Chris represents the School of Natural Sciences on the Faculty Leadership Team. He works with academic and professional services colleagues to ensure the School achieves its vision for teaching, learning and research. Chris is a Professor of Chemical Engineering and joined the University in 2016 as Head of Chemical Engineering. His research interests are in catalysis and ionic liquids for sustainable chemical processing. Chris is also the conductor for the Faculty choir.
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Professor Richard Curry
Richard is the Vice Dean for Research and Innovation. He is responsible for research activity in the Faculty, postgraduate research programmes, research infrastructure, business engagement and internationalisation. Richard is Professor of Advanced Electronic Materials within the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering and undertakes his research within the Photon Science Institute. He leads the EPSRC Programme Grant Nanoscale Advanced Materials Engineering.
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Professor Peter Green
Peter is the Vice Dean for Teaching, Learning and Students. He is responsible for the development of teaching, learning and the student experience for all taught programmes, both undergraduate and postgraduate, across the Faculty. Peter represents the Faculty at the University’s Teaching and Learning Group (TLG). Peter is a Professor of Wireless Communications and continues to teach in the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering.
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Dr Lynne Bianchi
Dr Lynne Bianchi, Vice Dean for Social Responsibility, Equality, Diversity, Inclusion and Accessibility, is a specialist in pre-14 science and engineering education and student-led learning. In 2014 Lynne founded the Science and Engineering Education Research and Innovation Hub in the Faculty of Science and Engineering, where she is also a Senior Lecturer. Lynne is a national voice in STEM education policy and practice and the creator of the award-winning Great Science Share for Schools’ campaign.
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Alison is Executive Assistant to the Dean. As well as providing support for the Dean, Alison supports the Faculty Leadership Team, particularly with the coordination of the weekly Faculty Leadership Team meetings. Alison is also a member of Faculty’s Special Projects and Planning Team. Alison has worked at the University since 1988 and has a great insight into the operations of the Faculty and the wider University.
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Gemma leads the Faculty Finance Team and is an Associate Chartered Management Accountant. She has worked in all three Faculties in various finance roles since joining the University in 2011. Gemma studied and gained her degree at The University of Manchester and holds a BA(Hons) in International Business, Finance and Economics.
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Sarah leads the Faculty Human Resources Team and is the Human Resource lead on several University-wide key projects including the staff survey and staff engagement and wellbeing. Sarah holds an MSc in Human Resources and is a Chartered Member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development. Sarah has over 16 years of human resource experience in Russell Group Universities.
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