Professor Alistair Sambell

Pro Vice-Chancellor, International

Alistair Sambell joined the University of Huddersfield in October 2020 as Pro Vice-Chancellor International. Prior to this, he had worked at Edinburgh Napier University for 8 years, where he was the Senior Vice-Principal and Deputy Vice-Chancellor with a wide-ranging remit that included responsibility for all aspects of academic strategy development and delivery. He was also previously Pro Vice-Chancellor and Executive Dean for the Faculty of Arts, Computing, Engineering and Sciences at Sheffield Hallam University, and was the founding Dean of the School of Computing, Engineering and Information Sciences at Northumbria University. He brings a wealth of international experience from these previous roles including the development of partnerships and programme delivery in China, Malaysia, South Korea and Vietnam and was a director of an innovative new partnership of eight European Universities that came together in order to build research and teaching collaborations.



Alistair is an Electronic Engineer by background, graduating with both a First Class honours and DPhil from York University. He was appointed to a Professorship in Engineering at Northumbria University in 2001, and was research active in engineering for the 2001, 2008 and 2014 research assessment exercises. He has over 100 publications in electronic engineering (microwave antenna and solar cells) as well as pedagogy in Higher Education (innovative assessment) and has been an investigator on research projects exceeding £850k in value.  He is a Chartered Engineer, Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology, a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (now Advance HE) and a Chartered Companion of the Chartered Management Institute. He has served as a Director for FE Colleges and Training organisations in Newcastle, Sheffield and Edinburgh and made national contributions to HE through roles as an assessor for the inaugural Teaching Excellence Framework, membership of the QAA Engineering subject benchmarking groups and an academic accreditor for the IET.