The Role of the Vice-Chancellor
Vision 2015: The University Strategy
Since becoming Vice-Chancellor in 2006, Professor Thrift has launched an ambitious new strategy for Warwick’s future and has led the University in:
Professor Thrift has also been instrumental in building on Warwick’s strong links with business and industry, both nationally and internationally.
Research and Publications
Professor Thrift was educated at Aberystwyth and Bristol and is an international research figure in the field of geography. He continues to maintain an active research career alongside his role as Vice-Chancellor and has been the recipient of a number of distinguished academic awards including:
Professor Thrift's current research spans a broad range of interests, including international finance; cities and political life; non-representational theory; affective politics; and the history of time. Further information on Professor Thrift's research and publications can be found on his research web page.
Recent invited lectures include:
Recent publications include:
What does the Vice-Chancellor do?
The Vice-Chancellor is the chief academic and administrative officer of the University of Warwick. As such, he leads an institution with around a half billion turnover and is responsible for monitoring and promoting the efficiency and good order of the University. He is also responsible for providing strategic direction to the institution's 5500 employees and for fostering the University's high level contacts. This includes direct personal engagement at the highest level with ministers,
The Vice-Chancellor is the ‘ designated officer’, as specified in the HEFCE Financial Memorandum, responsible for ensuring that the University complies with the terms and conditions specified by the Funding Council for the use of Funding Council funds and may be called, with the Chief Executive of the Funding Council who is the accounting officer for the institutions funded by the Council, to give evidence before the Public Accounts Committee. The Vice-Chancellor is a member of all University committees and chairs the Senate and a number of committees of the Council and the Senate.
Is it possible for staff or students to meet with The Vice-Chancellor?
The Vice-Chancellor offers regular staff surgeries as an opportunity for staff to raise with the Vice-Chancellor, on a one-to-one basis, matters of concern to them. The Vice-Chancellor's office also organises several “Student Suppers” designed to provide an opportunity for the Vice-Chancellor to meet informally with representatives of the student community for the mutual exchange of information, ideas and opinions, as well as an opportunity for students to raise directly with the Vice-Chancellor any matters of concern to them. Details on how to access these opportunities can be found at: http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/services/vco/vc/meet_the_vc
How is the Vice-Chancellor’s pay level decided?
The University follows the guidance provided by the Higher Education Funding Council for England that the Vice-Chancellor’s remuneration should be decided by a remuneration committee whose voting members are all lay/independent members and the lay treasurer of the University. The Vice-Chancellor does not attend those meetings and plays no part in those deliberations. More information can be found on the remuneration committee at:
Below are a selection of activities through which the Vice-Chancellor executes his responsibilities: