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Prof Rod Coombes

Prof Rod Coombs

Deputy President and Deputy Vice Chancellor University of Manchester.Rod Coombs has a BSc in Physics, and MSc and PhD degrees in the economics of innovation and technical change. After a short period at the beginning of his career working in laboratory research, he switched to social science. Thereafter he worked for over 25 years on analysing the role of technical change in the economy, the management of R&D and innovation processes in large companies and the role of government policy in promoting innovation in the economy. During much of this time he was in the School of Management at UMIST, becoming its first Professor of Technology Management in 1993. During that period he initiated and ran several large collaborative research programmes, and also worked as a consultant to a number of large research-intensive companies, as well as advising national and European government agencies.

  • In 2002 he became a Pro-Vice-Chancellor of UMIST, and thereafter was heavily involved in the project to merge UMIST with the former Victoria University of Manchester in order to create a new University of Manchester (which legally came intoexistence in October 2004).
  • In 2004 he was appointed as one of the Vice-Presidents of Manchester University and had responsibility for various aspects of Knowledge Transfer, Research and External Relationships.
  • In August 2010 he became Deputy President and Deputy Vice Chancellor of Manchester University