New Dean of Science appointed

Professor Nick Brook has been appointed to the post of Dean of Science.

Nick is a particle physicist with a specific research interest in Quantum Chromodynamics with an international reputation as an expert in multi-particle production in jets, advanced computing techniques and Monte Carlo event generators.

He has made major research contributions to the Large Hadron Collider beauty (LHCb) high-energy particle physics experiment based at CERN, helped develop the facility’s ring-imaging Cherenkov (RICH) detector and was the overall computing project lead on CERN’s LHC Grid2 project. He is currently part of the ERC funded TORCH project develop novel methods of particle identification for future Particle Physics experiments.

Nick was also influential in ZEUS, another particle physics experiment based at the Hadron Electron Ring Accelerator (HERA) at the Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron (DESY) facility in Hamburg.

Nick joins us from University College London (UCL) where he was Dean of Mathematical & Physical Sciences. Prior to this he was Head of the School of Physics at the University of Bristol, where he worked for 15 years. He gained his PhD from the University of Manchester.

Nick will join the University on 1 July.

Nick said: “I am excited to be returning to the West country and the University of Bath and look forward to working with the staff and students in the Faculty to help deliver their goals and aspirations as part of the ambitious new University strategy”

Professor Bernie Morley, Deputy Vice-Chancellor & Provost, said: “I am delighted that Nick has accepted our offer and look forward to working with him.

“Nick brings experience of working at the highest levels in his field in large, multi-national collaborations to achieve global impact. This will be of great value to the University as we develop and deliver our new Strategy.”

“I would also like to take this opportunity to thank Professor David Bird for his contribution as Dean over the past six years. Highlights of his tenure have included significant enhancement of our research facilities and infrastructure culminating in the new Transmission Electron and Confocal Microscopes and the introduction of new programmes in Astrophysics and Biomedical Sciences.

“With plans well underway for the Milner Centre in Evolutionary Biology, the Faculty is well positioned for further success under Nick's leadership.”

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