Pro-Vice-Chancellor - Research and Innovation and member of the Senior Management team

Professor Tom Stephenson, FREng, is Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research and Innovation.

Professor Stephenson was appointed to his current role in 2014. He leads Cranfield's research and innovation activities that includes development and delivery of research and knowledge exploitation strategies, leading relationships with research funders and submission of major grant bids. His responsibilities include the Research Excellence Framework (REF 2021) submission, research degrees and entrepreneurship, the latter covering intellectual property (IP), start-ups and the Cranfield Eagle Labs. Prior to his current role, Professor Stephenson was for 10 years the Pro Vice-Chancellor for the School of Applied Sciences, a multi-disciplinary faculty with over 300 staff and 800 postgraduate students.

Professor Stephenson is the Executive Lead for Health and Safety, having initiated OHSAS 18001 accreditation for all University operations - Cranfield is the only university in England with this certification. He represents Cranfield on the Executive Management Committee for the Midlands Innovation Group of eight universities. Professor Stephenson also leads Cranfield’s contribution to the Oxford to Cambridge Arc Universities Group (AUG).

Tom Stephenson
Professor Tom Stephenson

He is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering (FREng), a Chartered Chemical Engineer (CEng), Fellow of the Institution of Chemical Engineers (FIChemE) and the Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management (FCIWEM). Professor Stephenson is a graduate in Biochemistry from the University of York and has a PhD in Civil Engineering, specialising in public health engineering, from Imperial College London.

Professor Stephenson is Chairman of CIM Ltd, a company wholly owned by Cranfield that specialises in vehicle crash testing and is FIA approved for Formula One. Professor Stephenson is also Chairman of Water Innovate, a Cranfield spin-out company which is now a subsidiary of Bluewater Bio.

Professor Stephenson's personal reputation for internationally leading research in water and wastewater engineering is demonstrated through publication of over 200 papers and as Principal Investigator of numerous grants, including two UK Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) 'Platform' grants. His research interests can be viewed on his academic profile and publications page.