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Professor Brian Cantor, CBE

Vice-Chancellor

Professor Brian Cantor, CBE

Committees: Executive Board (Chair); Senate (Chair); Honorary Degrees (Chair); Nominations (member); Remunerations (member); Finance (member); Equality & Diversity Committee (Chair); Audit (in attendance).

Brian Cantor is Vice-Chancellor at the University of Bradford.  

Brian is acknowledged as a world authority on materials manufacturing and he was awarded a CBE for services to higher education in the 2013 New Year's Honours. 

He was educated at Manchester Grammar School and Christ’s College, Cambridge University.

He has worked at universities, including Sussex, Northeastern, Banaras, Oxford, Washington State, York and Bradford; and for companies, including Alcan, Elsevier, General Electric and Rolls-Royce.  He has advised organisations such as NASA, the EU, and UK, Dutch, Spanish and German government agencies, and was a member of the Sainsbury Review of UK science and innovation.

He has chaired and been on the board of many companies and agencies, including Isis Innovation, the Kobe Institute, the UK Universities Pensions Forum, the White Rose Consortium, Leeds, York and Bradford Economic Partnerships, the National Science Learning Centre, the National Media Museum, the National Early Music Centre, the Centre for Low Carbon Futures, the Worldwide Universities Network, and the Royal Academy of Engineering. He founded the Begbroke Science Park at Oxford and led the Heslington East campus development at York.

His research has investigated the manufacture of materials and has contributed to fundamental scientific advances as well as improvements in many industrial products. He has supervised over 130 research students and postdocs, published over 300 papers and books with over 6,000 citations, given hundreds of invited talks worldwide, and is on the ISI List of Most Cited Researchers.

He was awarded the Ismanam Prize, the York Lifetime Achievement Award, and the Rosenhain and Platinum Medals of the Institute of Materials.

He is an Honorary Professor at Shenyang, Zhejiang and Nanjing Universities, the Chinese Institute of Materials Research and the Indian Institute of Sciences Bangalore, an Honorary Member of the Indian Institute of Metals, a Member of Academia Europea and the World Technology Network, and a Fellow of the Institute of Materials, the Institute of Physics, the Chartered Management Institute and the Royal Academy of Engineering.

Contact details

  • Senior PA (with responsibility for the Vice-Chancellor’s internal university activities): Helen Hague
  • PA (with responsibility for the Vice-Chancellor’s external activities): Michelle Kenyon