Professor Michael Kearney MA PhD CPhys FInstP CEng FIET FIMA
Provost and Executive Vice-President
University of Surrey
Michael Kearney took up his current position in May 2016. As Provost, Michael is responsible for the delivery of all aspects of the academic endeavour of the University and the translation of the strategic imperatives into viable operational plans executed through the Vice-Provosts and the Faculty Executive Deans. This includes the development, articulation and promotion of academic strategy to ensure excellence in research and teaching, and the wider delivery of a rewarding student experience.
Michael joined the University of Surrey in 2002 as the inaugural Director of the Advanced Technology Institute and was appointed Head of the School of Electronics and Physical Sciences in 2005. He became Dean of the newly formed Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences in 2007, served as Pro Vice-Chancellor for REF between 2011 and 2013, and took up the role of Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Research and Innovation in 2013. Between May 2015 and May 2016 he served as Acting Vice-Chancellor before assuming his current position as Provost and Executive Vice-President. Between 1995 and 2002 he was Professor of Electronic Device Engineering at Loughborough University, serving a three-year period as Head of the Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering, and prior to that he worked for seven years for GEC-Marconi Ltd, managing the company's Long Range Research Laboratory between 1994 and 1995.
Michael is a graduate of Oxford and Warwick Universities, and is a Fellow of the Institute of Physics, the Institution of Engineering and Technology and the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications.