Mark Smith (academic)

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Mark Smith

6th Vice-Chancellor of Lancaster University
Assumed office
1 January 2012
Preceded byPaul Wellings
Deputy Vice-Chancellor
University of Warwick
In office
1 May 2010 – 31 December 2011
Succeeded byKoen Lamberts
Personal details
Mark Edmund Smith
CitizenshipUnited Kingdom
AwardsFellow of the Institute of Physics
Alma materChurchill College, Cambridge
University of Warwick
Scientific career
FieldsMaterials physics
University of Kent
University of Warwick
Lancaster University

Mark Edmund Smith, FInstP is a British physicist, academic, and academic administrator. He specialises in nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) and materials physics.[1][2] Since January 2012, he has been Vice-Chancellor of Lancaster University.[3] He is also Professor of Solid State NMR in Lancaster's Department of Chemistry.[4] He previously lectured at the University of Kent and the University of Warwick.[5]

Early life and education[edit]

Smith was born and brought up in Suffolk, England.[6] studied natural sciences at Churchill College, Cambridge, and graduated from the University of Cambridge with a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree.[2] He undertook postgraduate research in physics at the University of Warwick, graduating with a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree.[5]


Early career[edit]

Smith began his career as an application scientist and worked for Bruker Analytische Messtechnik (part of the Bruker Corporation) in Germany.[5] He then worked as a research scientist in the Division of Materials Science at Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) in Australia.[6]

Academic career[edit]

In 1992, Smith returned to England and began his academic career, having been appointed a lecturer at the University of Kent.[2] He was later promoted to reader in solid-state nuclear magnetic resonance.[6]

In 1998, Smith moved to the University of Warwick where he had been appointed a reader in its Department of Physics.[1][4] He was later promoted to Professor of Physics.[6] He was appointed Chair of the Faculty of Science in 2005 and Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research in 2007.[2] On 1 May 2010, he was appointed Deputy Vice-Chancellor (DVC), making him the second most senior academic at the University of Warwick.[7] As DVC, he deputised for the Vice-Chancellor of the university when needed, and was in charge of all academic resourcing issues (with a budget of £240 million), of human resources and of the university's capital program.[4][7]

On 5 August 2011, Smith was announced as the next Vice-Chancellor of Lancaster University.[3] He took up the post on 1 January 2012, becoming the university's sixth Vice Chancellor since it was established.[3][4][6] He was also appointed Professor of Solid State NMR in the Department of Chemistry.[4] He was paid £271,000 in 2012/13 academic year and £281,000 in 2013/14 academic year.[8]

Outside of his university work, Smith has held a number of appointments. In 2012 and 2013, he chaired a review into the content of A-Levels.[9] From 1 January 2013 to 31 December 2015, he was a member of the Higher Education Funding Council for Wales.[5] In December 2014, he became a trustee of Jisc (previously called the Joint Information Systems Committee).[10] As of March 2015, he is the Chair of the Board of the Higher Education Careers Service Unit.[11]


Smith is an elected Fellow of the Institute of Physics (FInstP).[2]


  1. ^ a b "Prof. Mark E. Smith". Department of Physics. University of Warwick. Retrieved 2 March 2016.
  2. ^ a b c d e "Vice Chancellor". Officers of the University. Lancaster University. Retrieved 2 March 2016.
  3. ^ a b c "Lancaster appoints Professor Mark Smith as new Vice-Chancellor". News Archive. Lancaster University. 5 August 2011. Retrieved 2 March 2016.
  4. ^ a b c d e "Professor Mark Smith". Department of Chemistry. Lancaster University. Retrieved 2 March 2016.
  5. ^ a b c d "Professor Mark Smith". Council members. Higher Education Funding Council for Wales. Retrieved 2 March 2016.
  6. ^ a b c d e "Professor Mark E. Smith". Biographies. N8 Research Partnership. Retrieved 2 March 2016.
  7. ^ a b "Professor Mark Smith". insite. University of Warwick. 28 May 2010. Retrieved 2 March 2016.
  8. ^ "University head under fire for flights bill". Lancaster Guardian. 5 March 2015. Retrieved 2 March 2016.
  9. ^ "Mark E Smith". Council of Trustees. AQA. Retrieved 2 March 2016.
  10. ^ "New trustees to join Jisc's board". Jisc. 18 December 2014. Retrieved 2 March 2016.
  11. ^ "HECSU Board". Higher Education Careers Service Unit. Retrieved 2 March 2016.
Academic offices
Preceded by
Paul Wellings
Vice-Chancellor of Lancaster University
2012 to present