Professor Chris Brink took up his position of Vice-Chancellor of Newcastle University on 1 August 2007. He is the academic and executive head of the University, and serves on several Boards in Newcastle and the Northeast of England. At national level he serves on the Board of the Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) and the Equality Challenge Unit (ECU). He is the Chairman of the N8, the partnership of eight major research-intensive universities in the North of England.
Before taking up his position at Newcastle, Professor Brink was Rector and Vice-Chancellor of Stellenbosch University in South Africa, where he led a transformation agenda which attracted national and international attention. Before that, he served as Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research) at the University of Wollongong in Australia. Earlier he was Professor and Head of the Department of Mathematics and Applied Mathematics at the University of Cape Town (UCT). After the first democratic elections in South Africa in 1994 he was involved in the restructuring of UCT, during which time he served as Coordinator of Strategic Planning. Other positions include a Senior Research Fellowship at the Australian National University in the 1980s and intermittent visits to many universities internationally.
He is a logician with a Cambridge PhD, an interdisciplinary DPhil, Master’s degrees in philosophy and mathematics, and a Bachelor’s degree in computer science. His research areas include mathematics, logic, philosophy and computer science, and he has published in all these fields. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of South Africa and a former President of the South African Mathematical Society. Before moving into management he held the prestigious A-rating of the National Research Foundation, which ranked him as one of South Africa’s leading scientists.