Professor Andy Schofield is the Vice-Chancellor of Lancaster University. He took up the role on 1st May 2020. Professor Schofield was previously Pro-Vice-Chancellor and Head of the College of Engineering at the University of Birmingham from 2015 until 2020.
Professor Schofield studied Natural Sciences at Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge where he graduated in 1989 winning the Mott prize for physics and the Schuldham Plate. He stayed on in Cambridge where he undertook PhD research in the IRC for Superconductivity working on the theory of high temperature cuprate superconductors. He was elected a Research Fellow at Gonville and Caius College and obtained his PhD in 1993.
In 1994 he moved to the USA where he worked at Rutgers, the stat university of New Jersey for two years, before returning to Cambridge. In 1997 Prof Schofield was awarded a Royal Society University Research Fellowship to work on theories of non-Fermi liquids. He became Assistant Director of Studies at Gonville and Caius College on the Natural Sciences Tripos.
In 1999 Andy moved to the University of Birmingham and was promoted to Professor of Theoretical Physics in 2002. In that year he won the Institute of Physics’ Maxwell Medal and Prize for work on the emergent properties of correlated electrons. From 2008-2010, he was Director of Research for the College of Engineering and Physical Science. In 2010 he became Head of the Physics and Astronomy School before assuming the role of Pro-Vice Chancellor and Head of the College of Engineering and Physical Sciences at the University of Birmingham in 2015.