Deputy Vice-Chancellor

Professor Andrew Atherton

Andrew Atherton is a Professor of Enterprise and Deputy Vice-Chancellor at Lancaster University and an expert in SME policy and China.  He is responsible to the Vice-Chancellor for the overall academic development of the University, and oversees annual planning and major institutional projects.

Professor Atherton joined Lancaster University in January 2013 from Lincoln University where he was Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor and led on major university initiatives This included establishing the first new School of Engineering in the UK for more than 20 years, in partnership with Siemens.

Andrew worked at Durham University from 1995 to 2002, latterly as Head of Department and before that as Director of the Policy Research Unit within the Small Business Centre, Durham University Business School.

He has advised national and regional government as well as major bilateral and multilateral agencies on policy development and implementation, as well as leading major projects to establish enterprise development centres in Central and Eastern Europe and China.

Current research interests and areas of activity include:

  • Enterprise and SME policy
  • Innovation and entrepreneurship
  • Entrepreneurships in China
  • Business start-up/new venture creation