Provost and Deputy Vice-Chancellor

Professor Andrew Long FREng


As Provost and Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Andy takes the executive lead on strategic and operational planning and academic resources, working closely with members of the University Executive Board. 

He line manages the five Faculty Pro-Vice-Chancellors (Arts, Engineering, Medicine and Health Sciences, Social Sciences, and Science), working closely with them and other senior colleagues to ensure the delivery of world changing research, excellent teaching and an outstanding student experience. Andy works with the heads of professional services in the University to ensure issues that cross the academic and professional services boundaries are addressed effectively. 

Andy also has responsibility for institutional risk management, and takes the lead on strategic and operational planning and advice to the President and Vice-Chancellor. He serves on University Council and its Committees, as well as representing the University locally, regionally, nationally and internationally. 

Andy is a member of the Executive Management Group for Midlands Innovation, a partnership between Aston, Birmingham, Cranfield, Keele, Loughborough, Leicester, Nottingham and Warwick universities, and previously served as chair between 2018 and 2019.


Andy served as the Pro-Vice-Chancellor for the Faculty of Engineering from 2015-2018. Prior to his appointment as PVC in 2015, he served as Executive Dean (2011-15) and Associate Dean for Research (2008-11). He also served as Associate Dean to the Graduate School representing Engineering (2007-11).

Andy has a BSc in Applied Mathematics from the University of Warwick, an MSc in Computer Integrated Engineering from Loughborough University, and a PhD in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Nottingham. He joined the staff at Nottingham in 1990 as a Research Assistant, was appointed lecturer in 1994 and gained promotion to a personal chair in Mechanics of Materials in 2003.

He is a Chartered Engineer and Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers and of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining. He served as Course Director in Mechanical Engineering (2004-08) and Head of the Polymer Composites Group (2004-08).

Until recently Andy was a member of the Composites Leadership Forum, responsible for delivery and development of the UK Composites Strategy, reporting to the UK Government Department of Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS), and a Director of the Manufacturing Technology Centre, part of the High Value Manufacturing Catapult. As chairman of the SAMPE UK & Ireland chapter he organised several conferences and CPD events on manufacturing with advanced materials.

Teaching and Research Summary

Andy has worked for over 25 years on design and manufacture of advanced polymer composite materials based on glass or carbon fibres, with applications in the aerospace, automotive and wind energy sectors. Until recently he was Director of the EPSRC Future Composites Manufacturing Research Hub (CIMComp), leading basic and applied research in composites manufacturing for the UK academic community Key activities have included predictive modelling of composites processing and performance and development of associated materials characterisation techniques. He also gives lectures on Polymer Engineering to final year students.

Andy has held research grants valued at over £56million, supervised around 30 successful PhD students and 20 post-doctoral research fellows, published 3 textbooks and over 350 papers. In 2006 he was awarded the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining Rosenhain Medal for distinguished contribution to materials science, and in 2014 he was elected a SAMPE Fellow for significant contributions in materials and process engineering technology.






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