Professor Alistair Fitt is the Vice-Chancellor of Oxford Brookes University. Alistair was previously Pro Vice-Chancellor at Oxford Brookes and had a remit that covered all research and knowledge exchange at the University.
Alistair joined Oxford Brookes in March 2011 from the University of Southampton where he worked for 22 years, latterly as the Dean and then Head of the School of Mathematics before becoming Pro Vice-Chancellor, International.
He studied at Lincoln College, Oxford and specialises in industrial applied mathematics research. He has published three books and more than 90 research papers and has spent many years attending study groups with industry all over the world, where real unsolved industrial problems are studied by groups of mathematicians. Alistair’s research centres on two main areas, namely the flow of glass, food and other complex fluids, and flow and deformation in human eyes.
Alistair’s external involvements include close connections with the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and other funding agencies, and he is a University Alliance research lead. He served as Executive Secretary of the world applied mathematics society (ICIAM) for eight years. For 2 years, from January 2018 he served as President of the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications (IMA).
He is Chair of the UUK Health Education & Research Policy Network (HERPN) and also Chair of the UUKi TNE Strategy Group.
Alistair is a Director of the Oxfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership (OxLEP), the Office of the Independent Adjudicator (OIA) for Higher Education, and is a Trustee of the Oxford Trust. In May 2021 he became Chair of the ARC Universities Group. He is also the Director of a number of other companies including Venturefest Oxford and Oxford Expression Technologies Ltd.