Following six years as Dean of the Faculty of Science, Professor Nick Brook is moving on from his role at the University of Bath.

Professor Brook has been appointed as Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research at Manchester Metropolitan University, a role which he will be taking up on 5 September 2022.

Nick was previously the Head of the School of Physics & Astronomy at the University of Bristol and the Dean of the Faculty of Mathematical and Physical Sciences at UCL before moving to Bath in 2016. Nick’s research is in experimental particle physics and he was one of the original signatories of the LHCb experiment at CERN and is still involved in the design of a detector for the upgrade.

Since joining the University of Bath as Dean, Professor Brook has supported the creation and development of the MC2 facility, and the establishment of high quality, exciting and popular undergraduate and postgraduate taught (PGT) courses, which has seen a significant growth in PGT numbers. He has been closely involved in the migration of high performance computing to the Cloud and has championed Institute of Coding activities at the University. Nick has led the Faculty through significant change and development, has ensured professional services have become more integrated into the Faculty Executive and has helped us navigate the Covid-19 pandemic of the last two years.

Vice-Chancellor and President, Professor Ian White said:

“I would like to congratulate Professor Nick Brook most warmly on this appointment. I am delighted for him and know he will have great impact at Manchester Metropolitan University. However, this delight is tinged with sadness to see him go. It has been a pleasure to work with Nick over the last few years and we’ll miss his insight and calm, strategic approach. We wish Nick every happiness and success in his new role.”

Professor Nick Brook said:

“In my role as Dean, I have been lucky to work with really talented colleagues, both within the Faculty and beyond it. I have valued the support and advice I’ve received, and feel privileged to have been able to help staff and students to succeed in their teaching, studies and research. There is much I will miss at Bath, most of all the people, but know the Faculty is in a good position to continue to grow and thrive. I wish you all the best in achieving your goals.”

Nick will be continuing his role at the University of Bath until the end of this academic year, leaving in August 2022. We will now start a consultation exercise about the approach to finding the next Dean for the Faculty.