Pro Vice-Chancellor for Research and Enterprise

The Pro Vice-Chancellor for Research and Enterprise is responsible for the continuing development and leadership of the University's research strategy.

Role and responsibilities

The Pro Vice-Chancellor for Research and Enterprise:

  • leads the Research Excellence Framework (REF) preparations
  • supports large, multidisciplinary, cross-faculty research programmes
  • oversees University-level research institutes
  • engages with key research funders and external partners.

Post holder

Professor Phil Taylor (he/him) became Pro Vice-Chancellor for Research and Enterprise in July 2020. He is departing the university on 26th July to take up his post as Vice-Chancellor at the University of Bath.

University of Bristol is currently in recruitment for a new Pro Vice-Chancellor for Research and Enterprise.

Professor Phil Taylor's biography

Phil Taylor is an internationally leading researcher and expert in energy systems who has worked in industry and academia for over 25 years. He joined Newcastle University in 2013 as Dean and Director of the multidisciplinary Institute for Sustainability, later becoming Head of the School of Engineering. He is Director of the EPSRC Supergen Energy Networks Hub, which brings together industrial and academic partners with other stakeholders to explore the interdependencies of energy networks and related challenges. His work in industry includes time at GEC Alstom, EPS (UK), Teradyne and Senergy Econnect, where he designed the grid connection for the UK's first commercial offshore wind farm. He is a Visiting Professor at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore and a non-executive director of Northern Powergrid. In June 2022, Phil was appointed as a member of the Government Net Zero Innovation Board.


Expenses are published every 6 months for all members of the Executive Group. Download Professor Taylor's expenses.





  • Professor Taylor did not incur any expenses from 1 February 2021 to 31 July 2021.
  • Professor Taylor did not incur any expenses from 1 August 2020 to 31 January 2021.

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