David Phoenix has now commenced his role as Vice Chancellor and Chief Executive
at London South Bank University (LSBU), having taken over from Professor Martin
Earwicker, who retired in December 2013 after five years of service as Vice
Phoenix has joined LSBU from the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan), where
he held the role of Deputy Vice Chancellor.
Longbottom, Chair of the Board of Governors at London South Bank University,
said: "David brings with him a strong background in leadership within the
Higher Education sector which will prove vital in realising the University's
on his new appointment in August 2013, Professor Phoenix said: "Like UCLan,
London South Bank University has a long and distinguished history for helping
people from all walks of life achieve their potential. The University has a
strong focus on the student experience and employability and I am honoured to
have been offered the opportunity to lead the institution into the next phase
of its development."
Phoenix's career at UCLan spanned 21 years. In 2000 he launched UCLan's
Department of Forensic and Investigative Science and in 2002 became the
University's Dean of Science, overseeing the opening of a new School of
Pharmacy, the re-launch of chemistry and the initial stages in the development
In 2008 he became Deputy Vice Chancellor with responsibility
for strategic planning and performance across the University of Central
Lancashire Group where he oversaw UCLan's inclusion in the QS World Rankings and was instrumental in creating
UCLan's first overseas research institute in China as well as its new campus in
2010 David was made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire in the Queen's
Birthday Honours List for Services to Science and Higher Education, and his
contribution to education was further recognised by the Academy of Social
Sciences which awarded him the prestigious title of Academician in 2012.
David Phoenix is warmly welcomed as the new Vice Chancellor of the University.