Professor John MacIntyre BSc PhD FRSA MBCS CEng
Dean of the Faculty of Applied Sciences | Pro Vice Chancellor | University of Sunderland

I am the Dean of the Faculty of Applied Sciences and Pro Vice Chancellor at the University of Sunderland.

As Pro Vice Chancellor, I have a brief covering Research, Innovation, Knowledge Exchange, Employer Engagement and Regional Economy. I led the work with colleagues to develop and implement the University’s Research Plan in 2012, setting out our vision and strategy for research across the University to 2020. I worked with colleagues to develop the University’s Innovation and Employer Engagement Plan, setting out our vision and strategy for these areas through to 2016. From 2011 to 2013 I also led the University’s professional support service, Research, Innovation and Employer Engagement, in support of these areas.

The University works closely with our city and regional partners to deliver on our civic mission and to support economic development in the City of Sunderland and the North East region. As part of my Pro Vice Chancellor brief I work closely with Sunderland City Council to support the delivery of the City Economic Masterplan, as well as working with the North East Local Enterprise Partnership on elements of their work on economic development for the region and specifically was a member of the External Advisory Group in for the development of the North East LEP’s Strategic Economic Plan.

As Dean of the Faculty of Applied Sciences, I lead a large and diverse portfolio of academic activity across four academic departments:

Our academic programmes cover a wide range of subjects including Computer Science, Engineering, Pharmacy, Pharmaceutical Science, Public Health, Nursing, Psychology, Counselling, Sport and Exercise Physiology, and Sports Development.

In each of these areas we are actively engage in research, including two of the University’s four Research Beacons:

We also have many links to industry and work in collaboration with organisations in the public, private and third sectors on knowledge exchange, consultancy, and collaborative R&D. Examples include the work of our Institute of Automotive Manufacturing and Advance Practice (AMAP), and our collaborations with various organisations in drug discovery and development.

My personal areas of expertise and research are in artificial intelligence, predictive maintenance, bioinformatics, and business and organisational change. I have published over 140 papers including invited contributions to international journals and conferences.

I am and have been a member of many regional, national and international organisations linked to my own research or professional areas, or on behalf of the University.

Since 1996 I have been the Editor-in-Chief of Neural Computing & Applications, an international scientific peer reviewed journal published by Springer Verlag.