Published on 25/11/2021
Professor Stephen Garrett joins Aston University
  • Professor Stephen Garrett joins Aston University in spring 2022
  • He has held a number of leadership roles at University of Leicester
  • Professor Garrett’s research interests are in fluid mechanics.

Aston University has appointed Professor Stephen Garrett as Pro-Vice-Chancellor and Executive Dean of the College of Engineering and Physical Sciences to succeed Professor Sarah Hainsworth who leaves the University at the end of November.

Professor Garrett joins Aston University from the University of Leicester, where he is currently Head of the School of Engineering. 

Stephen studied theoretical physics and applied mathematics at the University of Birmingham and went on to do a PhD in engineering at the University of Cambridge.  He returned to Birmingham as a trainee actuary before moving to the academic sector as a lecturer in applied mathematics at the University of Leicester.  Since then, Stephen has held a number of leadership roles, including Head of the School of Mathematics and Actuarial Science before his most recent appointment.  His research interests are in fluid mechanics and lie across the boundary between applied mathematics and engineering.

Professor Alec Cameron, Vice-Chancellor of Aston University, said:

“Following a very competitive nationwide search process, I am delighted to announce that Professor Stephen Garrett has been appointed as the new Executive Dean of Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences.

“Stephen is an exceptional leader with an excellent track record of high quality research. His appointment will be of tremendous value to Aston University, and I am confident that Stephen will lead the College to even greater success.”

Speaking on his appointment, Stephen said:

“I am absolutely delighted to be joining Aston as Pro-Vice-Chancellor and Executive Dean of Engineering and Physical Sciences. Having gone to school in Redditch, been an undergraduate in Birmingham, and had my first job on Colmore Row, the return to this great region is a genuine homecoming for me.

“As a product of the West Midlands, I find Aston University’s civic focus remarkably appealing and I look forward to helping advance the lives of its students and our local industry through the College’s research and collaboration.

"We should be very proud of the immense contribution the West Midlands has made to the modern world and I am excited to be working with Aston University’s world-class academics to continue in that fine tradition.”

Professor Garrett will take up his post in spring 2022. Until then, Professor Tony Clark will serve as Interim Executive Dean.

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About Aston University

Founded in 1895 and a University since 1966, Aston is a long established university led by its three main beneficiaries – students, business and the professions, and our region and society. Aston University is located in Birmingham and at the heart of a vibrant city and the campus houses all the university’s academic, social and accommodation facilities for our students. Professor Alec Cameron is the Vice-Chancellor & Chief Executive.

Aston University was named University of the Year 2020 by The Guardian and the University’s full time MBA programme has been ranked in the top 100 in the world in the Economist MBA 2021 ranking. The Aston MBA has been ranked 12th in the UK and 85th in the world.

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