Prof. Ian Oakes
Deputy Vice-Chancellor - Research and External Engagement
University of Wolverhampton
The University of Wolverhampton has approximately 23,000 students and employs some 2,500 members of staff. In addition to educating highly qualified students, the University helps companies to identify new markets which can make use of their expertise as well as identify the sort of skills and knowledge they require to enter those new markets.
Over the last 20 years, Prof Oakes has held a number of senior management posts in higher education before joining the University of Wolverhampton in 2008 as Pro Vice-Chancellor with responsibility for the University’s research and enterprise agenda and developing the growing knowledge transfer arena at regional, national and international levels. More recently he has undertaken the role of Deputy Vice-Chancellor as well as Chief Executive of University of Wolverhampton Science Park.
Previous to this, Prof Oakes has taught at all levels within the UK higher education sector, been awarded Professorships from two universities and has been appointed to the Boards of two Local Enterprise Partnerships with specific responsibility for education and skills. He also holds a number of Directorships of external organisations.