Professor Chris Brink has been the Vice-Chancellor of Newcastle University in the UK since 2007. He serves on the Boards of the Russell Group, Universities UK, and the N8 (the partnership of eight major research-intensive universities in the North of England, where he also served as Chairman). Previously he has served as a member of the Advisory Committee on Leadership, Governance and Management of the Higher Education Funding Council for England, and on the Boards of the national Quality Assurance Agency, the national Equality Challenge Unit (also as Co-Chair), the North East Local Enterprise Partnership, JISC, and various regional Boards.
Before taking up his position at Newcastle, Professor Brink was Rector and Vice-Chancellor of Stellenbosch University in South Africa, where he led a transformation agenda which attracted national and international attention. Earlier, he had served as Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research) at the University of Wollongong in Australia, Professor and Head of the Department of Mathematics and Applied Mathematics at the University of Cape Town, and Coordinator of Strategic Planning. Other positions include a Senior Research Fellowship at the Australian National University in the 1980s, a brief spell in industry in the USA, sabbatical and other leave periods at Oxford University, and intermittent visits to many other European universities.
He is a logician with a Cambridge PhD, an interdisciplinary DPhil, Master’s degrees in philosophy and mathematics, and a Bachelor’s degree in computer science. His research areas include mathematics, logic, philosophy and computer science, and he has published in all these fields. Before moving into management he held the prestigious “A”-rating of the National Research Foundation, which ranked him as one of South Africa’s leading scientists. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of South Africa.
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