Nigel Weatherill

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Nigel Weatherill
3rd Vice-Chancellor of Liverpool John Moores University
Assumed office
Chancellor Sir Brian Leveson
Brian May, CBE
Preceded by Michael Brown, CBE
Pro-Vice-Chancellor and Head of the College of Engineering and Physical Science

University of Birmingham

In office
Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research)

University of Swansea

In office
Personal details
Born Cleckheaton, Yorkshire
Nationality British
Spouse(s) Barbara Weatherill
Children 1 son, 1 daughter
Alma mater University of Southampton

Nigel P. Weatherill FIMA, C.Math, FRAeS, C.Eng, C.Sci, FREng, is the 3rd and current Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive of Liverpool John Moores University as of 2011.[1] He was also Pro-Vice-Chancellor for research, then later Pro-Vice-Chancellor and Head of the College of Engineering and Physical Science at the University of Birmingham.

Family and education[edit]

Nigel Weatherill was born in Cleckheaton, Yorkshire. He is married to his wife Barbara Weatherill. Together they have 2 children, George Weatherill and Laura Weatherill.

He attended Whitcliffe Mount Grammar School. Afterwards he attended the University of Southampton where he obtained an undergratuate and postgraduate in Mathematics and Aeronautics. He later obtained a Ph.D from the universities department of mathematics for his work on magnetohydrodynamics.

Early career[edit]

After leaving university, Nigel Weatherill joined a research team part of the Anglian Water Authority developing mathematical models to predict the water quality in rivers and estuaries, then later undertook work into compressible flows in aeronautics at the Aircraft Research Association. In 1986 he was a research fellow at the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Princeton University in the US. After returning to the UK, Nigel Weatherill was appointed lecturer in the Department of Civil Engineering at the University of Swansea in 1987. In 1995 he was appointed to a personal chair before becoming the head of department in 1996. When Swansea University Department of Engineering was integrated in 2001, Weatherill was made head of the School of Engineering, a position he held until 2007. In 2002 he became pro-vice-chancellor (research). In 2008 he moved to the University of Birmingham where he was pro-vice-chancellor and head of the College of Engineering and Physical Science.


On September 2011, Nigel Weatherill was appinted Vice-Chancellor of Liverpool John Moores University, replacing the outgoing Michael Brown.

Weatherill is a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society and the Institute of Mathematics. He is also a chartered mathematician, engineer and scientist. In 1996 he was awarded a D.Sc from the University of Southampton for his work on compulational fluid dynamics and in 2003 he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering.


Academic offices
Preceded by
Michael Brown
Vice-Chancellor of Liverpool John Moores University
Succeeded by