Professor Richard Davies - Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Global

Richard Davies

Professor Davies became Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Engagement & Internationalisation) in 2014. He is a petroleum geologist, who started his career with various postings in the UK and abroad in the oil and gas industry, mainly with ExxonMobil.  He has published around 100 papers on how geological fluids (e.g. oil, gas, water) flow through rocks and since 2011 he has developed an expertise in fracking.  His h-index is in the 30s. He has held a number of pan-university leadership roles including the founder and first Director of the Durham Energy Institute at Durham University. He later became Dean for Knowledge Exchange and Impact and was responsible for implementing the University's strategy for research impact.

The PVC Engagement and Internationalisation role is a very broad portfolio that aims at ensuring our research and teaching makes a difference to society and that we thread a global dimension into the purpose and delivery of our teaching and research. This requires some line and budgetary responsibility for specific overseas operations (e.g. Newcastle University Singapore - 44 staff) but mainly it necessitates close working across our three faculties. He is responsible for the international presence and impact of the university, international student recruitment and a range of university-wide engagement activities locally, nationally and internationally. He is Chair of the Board for Newcastle University International Singapore Pte Ltd (NUIS) and the Great North Museum and is on the Boards of NuMed (Newcastle University Medicine Malaysia); NE1 (an international award winning Business Improvement District company); NewcastleGateshead Initiative (a destination management and marketing agency for NewcastleGateshead); Newcastle University London; INTO Newcastle; The International Centre for Life and Science Central (a £350m development for science, business, living and leisure in the centre of Newcastle). In 2017 he was one of nine international scientists to be highly commended in the 2017 John Maddox Prize or Standing up for Science.


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