Professor Simon Guy’s remit is to develop, connect and lead Lancaster University’s digital, global and development strategy. He is leading on the establishment of the University’s new campus in Leipzig and continuing to develop our China campus, while also strengthening connections between all our international partnerships including Ghana and Malaysia. He also leads on our digital agenda, ensuring our infrastructure and operational processes are digitally enabled to promote agility and efficiency and that digital innovation underpins our academic practices. Simon is the major lead across all of our development, alumni and fundraising work, oversees the library and he is the University lead on sustainability.
Simon’s previous role was the Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) at Lancaster University (2014-19) and in 2017-18 he was seconded as Interim Principal/CEO for University Academy 92 to lead the establishment of the new campus and curriculum.
Previously in Simon’s career, he was Head of the School of Environment, Education and Development and founding Director of the Manchester Architecture Research Centre at the University of Manchester (2005-14). Prior to that, he was Dean of Research at the Faculty of Humanities at the University of Newcastle.
Simon’s career began as an engineer before beginning his academic life pursuing studies in the humanities and social sciences, followed by a research career which has focused upon sustainable design and urbanism, where his interdisciplinary and international research connects architecture with urban planning, the property sector with utilities, academia with industry.