Professor Andy Abbott
Deputy Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Enterprise
Andy Abbott has a long history of business engagement focused mostly on the development of sustainable processes. He is a Professor of Physical Chemistry with expertise in the area of material science and he is best known for his work on green solvents and in particular ionic liquids. As part of his research he set up the joint venture company Scionix Ltd in 1999 which commercialised the findings from his research. The partner company, Whyte Chemicals Ltd. has the capability to manufacture ionic liquids on the tonne scale and this has led to Scionix being one of the largest producers of these chemicals. The company model is to develop technology in collaboration with end users and this has traditionally been carried out using a variety of funding council and European Union funding schemes. This has led to a variety of processes being taken to commercial scale with Midland-based companies. Andy has worked on a variety of projects include metal and plastic recycling, new products from food waste, recyclable wood composites, novel uses for eggshell, anti-bacterial coatings, novel cleaning products and green routes to metal plating.
One successful model that the University of Leicester uses is to have in-house demonstrator units where business can used pilot scale facilities to try out new technology. Andy has developed two such demonstrator units; one for ionic liquids and one for bioplastics which are regularly used to develop new processes and products. Andy’s aim is to simplify the interaction of business with universities and to highlight the benefits of academic know-how and facilities.
Professor Stephen Hall
Deputy Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Estates
Professor Stephen Hall was formally Professor at Imperial College, Professorial Research Fellow at the London Business School, Economic Advisor at the Bank of England and Research Fellow at the National Institute for Economic and Social Research. He has consulted for the following organizations:The ESRC Macro Modelling Bureau at Warwick, The Bank of England, The Trustee Savings Bank; Standard and Chartered Bank, Hill Samuel Bank, The Philippines Development Agency, The International Monetary Fund, the Bank of Greece, Ministry of Finance of the Russian Federation, Visiting Professor at the Rheinisch-Westfalisches Institut fur Wirtschaftsforschung (RWI), Essen, Germany, HM Customs and Excise, the Office of National Statistics, Central Bank of Angola, European Central Bank and the United Nations DESA.
He is a former member of the ESRC grants board and the ESRC ROPA panels. He has been the grant holder or co-holder on 9 ESRC grants and 11 European Union grants. He has published in excess of 250 journal articles and 8 books. He has had 35 successful PhD students and has examined numerous PhD students. His interests lie in the area of applied Econometrics and Macroeconomics. He was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by the University of Pretoria and has the honour of being the first distinguished author of the Journal of Applied Econometrics.
Professor Martin Halliwell
Deputy Pro-Vice-Chancellor, International
Martin Halliwell is Deputy Pro-Vice-Chancellor (International) and Director of International Strategy for the College of Arts, Humanities and Law at the University of Leicester. He is Professor of American Studies in the School of English and the Centre for American Studies, and his been head of both of these academic departments.
In 2013-14 he is also the John Maynard Keynes Visiting Professor in US Studies at the Institute of the Americas, University College London where he will work on a major research project, entitled Voices of Health and Illness: Medicine, Psychiatry, and American Culture, 1970-2000. This is a follow-up project to his recently published monograph Therapeutic Revolutions: Medicine, Psychiatry, and American Culture, 1945-1970, which began when he was Senior Research Fellow at the Rothermere American Institute, University of Oxford.
His research interests span US cultural and intellectual history, twentieth-century and contemporary American literature, American film after 1945, the history of medicine and psychology, and transnational cultural theory. He is the author of eight books and two edited collections, and is Series Editor of three major academic book series with Edinburgh University Press.
Martin Halliwell is currently Chair of the English Association’s Higher Education Committee and has recently finished his term as Chair of the British Association for American Studies. He is also the UK Representative for the European Association for American Studies and the International American Studies Association. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and a panelist on the English subpanel for REF 2014.