Mark Cleary (professor)

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Mark Cleary (born 1954) was the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Bradford in Yorkshire from 2007 to 2013.[1] He took over in 2007 after the previous vice-chancellor, Chris Taylor, retired after 5 years in the position.

Early life[edit]

Born in Birmingham, Cleary earned his Ph.D. in Geography from Jesus College, Cambridge.[1]


In 1980 Cleary took a lecturing post at the University of Exeter. In 1989 he became Senior Lecturer at the University of Brunei Darussalam. After spending 1992 at the University of Waikato, New Zealand, Cleary was appointed Senior Lecturer in Geography at the University of Plymouth in 1994, being promoted to Reader in Human Geography in 1995 and Professor of Human Geography four years later. In 2003 he was appointed Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences and Business at the University of Plymouth and assumed his Deputy Vice-Chancellor role there in 2004.[1]

After the Vice Chancellor of Plymouth was killed in a freak weather accident in January 2007, Cleary was appointed Acting Vice Chancellor, a post he held until he became Vice Chancellor at the University of Bradford.[2]

As Vice Chancellor of Bradford University, Cleary announced his intentions to dock the pay of academics who take part in sanctions.[3]

Brian Cantor replaced him on 1 October 2013.[4][5]


  1. ^ a b c (2007), New VC for Bradford Archived 2007-08-02 at the Wayback Machine Retrieved 31 October 2007.
  2. ^ BBC (4 January 2007), University boss successor named. Retrieved 31 October 2007.
  3. ^ "Meet the new boss". The Guardian. 23 October 2007. p. 4. Retrieved 24 March 2010.
  4. ^ Professor Brian Cantor appointed as our new Vice-Chancellor Archived 28 July 2013 at the Wayback Machine 24 April 2013
  5. ^ "Our New Vice-Chancellor". University of Bradford. Archived from the original on 11 December 2013. Retrieved 28 December 2013.
Academic offices
Preceded by
Chris Taylor
Vice-Chancellor of the University of Bradford
Succeeded by
Brian Cantor