Professor Nigel Weatherill - biography

Professor Nigel P. Weatherill BSc, PhD, DSc, FIMA, C.Math, FRAeS, CEng, CSi, FREng, FRSA
Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive, Liverpool John Moores University


Biographical Note

Professor Weatherill was born in Cleckheaton, Yorkshire and attended Whitcliffe Mount Grammar School. He was an undergraduate and postgraduate at the University  of Southampton where he read Mathematics and Aeronautics and obtained a PhD in the Department  of Mathematics for his work  in magnetohydrodynamics. After leaving Southampton, he joined the Research Team of the Anglian Water Authority where  he developed mathematical models to predict water quality in rivers and estuaries, before moving to the aerospace sector to undertake research on compressible flows at the Aircraft Research Association, Bedford. In 1986 he was a Research Fellow in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Princeton University, USA and on his return to the UK was appointed  as a lecturer  in the Department of Civil Engineering at Swansea University in 1987. He was promoted to a Personal Chair in 1995 and became Head of Department  in 1996. In 2001 the  Engineering Departments at Swansea were integrated and Professor Weatherill was appointed Head of the School of Engineering, a post  that  he held  until November  2007. In  2002 he was appointed Pro-Vice-Chancellor with  the responsibility for research, a post he held until moving to the position of Pro-Vice-Chancellor and Head of the College of Engineering and Physical Science at the University of Birmingham in May 2008. In September 2011he took up the position of Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive Officer of Liverpool John Moores University.

Professor  Weatherill  has undertaken research visits to many countries and was appointed Adjunct Professor at the National Science Foundation Engineering Research Centre in Mississippi where he spent the year in 2001. For three years he was Scientist-in-Residence at the Institute for High Performance Computing in Singapore. He has over 300 publications in journals and conference papers. He was the Co­-Editor of the International Journal for Numerical Methods in Fluids published by Wileys from  1998 to 2011. His main research interests are in high speed compressible flows of relevance to aerospace engineering, but he has also published work in the areas of  environmental modeling and bio­ engineering.

He has worked with business and industry throughout his career, working with both large multi-national companies and SMEs in the UK and overseas. He has a passion for teaching and has taught a wide range of topics from mathematics to project  management. Whilst at the University of Birmingham he was the executive lead of the   National HE STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Programme for England and Wales. The aims of the project were to promote and widen access to HE in STEM disciplines, innovative curriculum development and STEM skills for employment.

He has recently been appointed  by the Elected Mayor of Liverpool to chair the Mayoral Commission on Environmental Sustainability. He is also Honorary Colonel of the  Liverpool University Officer Training Corps. He is a trustee of a number of organisations, including the Royal Court Theatre, Liverpool.
He is a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society and the Institute of Mathematics and Its Applications. He is a Chartered Mathematician, Chartered Engineer and Chartered Scientist. In 1996 he was awarded a DSc from the University of Southampton for his work on computational fluid dynamics. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering in 2003 and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts in 2012.

He has recently joined the Board of the John Moores Liverpool Exhibition Trust as a Trustee.

Professor Weatherill is married to Barbara and has two children, George and Laura. Outside work his interests include fly-fishing, hill walking and music.

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