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About the Vice-Chancellor

Professor Tim Blackman


Professor Tim BlackmanProfessor Tim Blackman became the third Vice-Chancellor of Middlesex University on July 1 2015.

Tim joined Middlesex from The Open University where he was Acting Vice-Chancellor and previously Pro Vice-Chancellor for Research, Scholarship and Quality. From 2004 to 2011 he was Professor of Sociology and Social Policy at Durham University, where he served as Head of the School of Applied Social Sciences, Director of the Wolfson Research Institute and Dean of the University’s campus in Stockton.

Born in Gravesend, he studied Geography at Durham University. After graduating, he volunteered with Voluntary Service Belfast and then returned to Durham to undertake a PhD. In 1982 he was appointed Lecturer in Social Policy at the University of Ulster and then in 1990 joined Newcastle City Council as Head of Research, later returning to higher education as Deputy Dean of the School of Social Sciences and Law at Oxford Brookes University and subsequently Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences and Law at Teesside University.

Tim has served on many company and charity boards, and as a UK Government advisor on neighbourhood renewal and health inequality. He was a member of the HEFCE REF 2014 Assessment Panel for Social Work and Social Policy and is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences and Royal Society of Arts.

Click here to read a selection of the Vice-Chancellor’s speeches and statements.

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Professor Tim Blackman, Vice-Chancellor
Middlesex University
The Burroughs, Hendon

Telephone: +44(0) 208 411 5606

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