Professor Andrew Jones announced as Brunel's new Vice-Chancellor

Updated: Oct 24, 2021

Brunel University London have announced that interdisciplinary social scientist Professor Andrew Jones will be its new Vice-Chancellor and President. Professor Jones will take up his new role in January.

Professor Jones, who currently serves as the Deputy President at City, University London, will succeed Professor Julia Buckingham CBE who announced in April that she would be stepping down.

Chair of Council Professor Mike Spyer said: “Professor Jones brings a wealth of experience of the HE sector and has a deep understanding of the issues, social and academic, that are unique to London.

He has the enthusiasm, drive and commitment to address the challenges that face Brunel at this time, and will build on the successes that have been initiated by Julia Buckingham and her team. In this he will have the full support of Council and all the Brunel community when he starts in January.

Professor Jones said: “I am honoured and thrilled to lead Brunel through the next exciting stage of its journey. Brunel is a world-class university marked out by an outstanding reputation for industry engagement in education, technology, research and innovation, and whose many strengths present huge opportunities for truly distinctive local and global impact. I look forward to building on these strengths and Professor Buckingham’s many impressive achievements, not least amongst them the exciting establishment of the new medical school.”

He added: “With its fantastic students, dedicated staff and industry relationships, combined with the huge advantages of its west London location, there are a wealth of opportunities for Brunel. I am keen to strengthen Brunel’s profile and leadership in industry-partnered high-quality education, its research base and interdisciplinarity, its reputation for technological innovation and to develop further its great potential as an engine of social mobility and forward-looking economic growth in both the west London region and far beyond.”