Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research and Enterprise)

Professor Stephen Decent, BSc, PhD

Stephen Decent is a Professor of Mathematics. He completed his BSc in Mathematics in 1992 at Brunel University and a PhD at the University of St Andrews in 1995. He moved to the University of Birmingham in 1995 as a Research Fellow, becoming a Lecturer there in the following year. He became Professor of Applied Mathematics at the University of Birmingham in 2006. In 2009 he became Head of School of Mathematics in Birmingham, and then later took on the additional role of Director of Research and Knowledge Transfer in the College of Engineering and Physical Sciences. While at the University of Birmingham he was co-director of the Centre for Mathematical Modelling and Chemical Engineering and the Deputy Director of the EPSRC funded Centre for Doctoral Training in Hydrogen Energy, Fuel Cells and their Applications.

In 2012, Stephen moved to the University of Dundee, to become Vice-Principal for Wider Impact, comprising institutional leadership for Knowledge Exchange and Commercialisation, External Relations, Alumni and Public Engagement, and Head of College of the College of Art, Science and Engineering. Stephen was also Director of the Northern Research Partnership, Scotland's engineering research pool that focuses on civil engineering, medical technologies, nonlinear and complex systems, energy and clean technologies, and computational systems. Stephen was additionally the Chair of the Board of Scotland's newly created Offshore Renewables Institute.

In 2014, Stephen moved to Lancaster University to take on the role of Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research and Enterprise) and an appointment as a Professor in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics. He is the Chair of the Executive Management Group of the N8, a research partnership between the universities of Lancaster, Manchester, Liverpool, Leeds, Sheffield, York, Newcastle and Durham. He also is a member of HEFCE's Strategic Advisory Committee for Research and Knowledge Exchange.

Stephen's research interests cover a range of multi-disciplinary interactions, especially with chemical engineering. His research has included tackling problems in hydrogen fuel cells, drug delivery, coating, and liquid jet break-up, using a mix of asymptotic, computational and experimental approaches. Stephen is a Fellow of the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications (IMA).