Chris Brink

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Chris Brink
Newcastle University
Assumed office
July 2007
Preceded by Sir Christopher Edwards
Rector and Vice-Chancellor
Stellenbosch University
In office
Succeeded by Russel Botman
Personal details
Born (1951-01-31) 31 January 1951 (age 65)
Alma mater Rand Afrikaans University
Rhodes University
University of Cambridge
Website University biography

Chris Brink, FRSSAf (born 31 January 1951) is a South African mathematician and academic. Since 2007, he has been the Vice-Chancellor of Newcastle University.


After graduating with a degree in maths and computer science from Rand Afrikaans University, Brink undertook post-graduate study at Rhodes University and the University of Cambridge.[1] He became Professor and Head of Mathematics and Applied Mathematics at the University of Cape Town in 1995, Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research) at the University of Wollongong in 1999 and Rector and Vice-Chancellor of Stellenbosch University in 2002 before being appointed Vice-Chancellor of Newcastle University in 2007.[2]

In the 1980s Chris Brink was a Senior Research Fellow at the Australian National University.[3] In 1996 The Foundation for Research Development in South Africa rated Chris Brink in category A.[4] He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of South Africa,[5] a former President of the South African Mathematical Society, a Founder Member of the Academy of Science of South Africa[6] and a former chair of the Advisory Board of the African Institute of Mathematical Sciences.[7]

He chaired the Student Policy Network[8] (part of Universities UK) and the N8 Research Partnership, a group of eight research-intensive universities in the North of England.[9][10] Nationally he has served on the Board of the Equality Challenge Unit (including two years as a Co-Chair),[11] the Board of the Quality Assurance Agency (and its Advisory Committee on Degree-Awarding Powers),[12] and the Advisory Committee on Leadership, Governance and Management of the Higher Education Funding Council for England.[13]

In November 2015, it was announced that Brink would be retiring in December 2016.[14] He will be succeeded by Professor Chris Day, the current Pro-Vice-Chancellor for the Faculty of Medical Sciences at Newcastle, in January 2017.[15]

Work in mathematics[edit]

Chris Brink developed the study of Boolean modules over relation algebras.[16] He focused on formal aspects of computer science with emphasis on program semantics[17] and Popper's concept of verisimilitude and on the universal-algebraic concept of power structures.[18]


  1. ^ Higher Education Academy
  2. ^ "Newcastle University names next Vice-Chancellor". Newcastle University. Retrieved 10 March 2009. 
  3. ^ "What can higher education contribute to improving social mobility in the UK?" (PDF). Higher Education Academy. Retrieved 8 February 2014. 
  4. ^ "Previous A-rated researchers". National Research Foundation South Africa. Retrieved 8 February 2014. 
  5. ^ "Fellows of the Royal Society of South Africa". Royal Society of South Africa. Retrieved 8 February 2014. 
  6. ^ "Members List". Academy of Science of South Africa. Retrieved 8 February 2014. 
  7. ^ "Annual Report 2013" (PDF). African Institute for Mathematical Sciences South Africa. Retrieved 8 February 2014. 
  8. ^ "UK Board". Universities UK. Retrieved 8 February 2014. 
  9. ^ "N8 Board of Directors". N8 Research Partnership. Retrieved 8 February 2014. 
  10. ^ "Newcastle Science City Board". Newcastle Science City. Retrieved 8 February 2014. 
  11. ^ "Equality Challenge Unit Board of Directors". Equality Challenge Unit. Retrieved 8 February 2014. 
  12. ^ "QAA Annual Subscribers' Meeting 2010". Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education. Retrieved 8 February 2014. 
  13. ^ "Expert Advisory Board – Members' Profiles". Advisory Committee on Leadership, Governance and Management of the Higher Education Funding Council for England. Retrieved 8 February 2014. 
  14. ^ "University announces Vice-Chancellor's retirement". Press Office. Newcastle University. 25 November 2015. Retrieved 13 July 2016. 
  15. ^ "Professor Chris Day appointed as next Vice-Chancellor". Press Office. Newcastle University. 11 July 2016. Retrieved 13 July 2016. 
  16. ^ "Boolean_modules". Journal of Algebra. Retrieved 8 February 2014. 
  17. ^ "A Paradigm for Program Semantics: Power Structures and Duality". CSLI Publications. Retrieved 8 February 2014. 
  18. ^ "Power structures". Algebra Universalis. Retrieved 8 February 2014. 

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Academic offices
Preceded by
Christopher Edwards
Vice-Chancellor of the University of Newcastle upon Tyne
Succeeded by