Professor Nigel Weatherill, DL DSc FREng FRSA
Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive
The Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive is responsible to the Board of Governors and has ultimate responsibility for academic standards, the student experience, for establishing and executing strategy and for financial probity and robustness.
The Vice-Chancellor leads the Senior Management Team of the University, Chairs the Academic Board and is a member of the Board of Governors.
Professor Weatherill was born in Cleckheaton, Yorkshire and attended Whittcliffe 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 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 he 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 2011 he 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 was also a member of the founding group that formed the Manufacturing Technology Centre which is now part of the High Value Manufacturing Catapult.
He was 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. Nigel is a trustee of a number of organisations, including the Royal Court Theatre, Liverpool. He has joined the Board of the John Moores Liverpool Exhibition Trust as a Trustee and is the HE representative for the CBI NW Regional Council. In January 2015 Nigel became a Trustee on the Board of the Daniel Adamson Preservation Society and joined the Board of the Local Enterprise Partnership.
He was appointed as Chair of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic on 2nd November 2015. In April 2017 he was commissioned as a Deputy Lieutenant of Merseyside.
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.
Professor Weatherill is married to Barbara and has two children, George and Laura. Outside work his interests include fly-fishing, hill walking and music.