The Vice-Provost (Research) is responsible for the strategy for, and the performance, distinctiveness and impact of, UCL’s research
He is also responsible for:
- attracting research funding; recruiting and retaining the best researchers; securing the provision of a suitable research environment and infrastructure; research evaluation, including achieving the best possible results from external research assessment; and delivering innovative and effective approaches to research management and planning
- developing and providing strategic coordination of flagship initiatives
- line-management of the Pro-Vice-Provost and Director of Library Services.
His office facilitates, supports and promotes UCL research through six broad strands of activity:
- research coordination and planning for UCL Schools (Institute of Education/SLASH, BEAMS and SLMS)
- researcher development, including through the Doctoral School
- cross-disciplinary development and delivery, including Grand Challenges and Research Domains
- research evaluation (including the Research Excellence Framework [REF]) and research integrity
- research impact (the influence of research on the world), including communications and public policy engagement
- research policy – both developing internal policies, and influencing and responding to external policies.
David is Professor of Mineral Physics and has held the following posts at UCL:
- Executive Dean, UCL Faculty of Mathematical & Physical Sciences
- Head of the UCL Department of Earth Sciences Faculty and Director of the UCL/Birkbeck Research School of Earth Sciences
- Vice-Dean (Research), UCL Faculty of Mathematical & Physical Sciences
- Head of the UCL Department of Geological Sciences and Director of the UCL/Birkbeck Research School of Geological & Geophysical Sciences.
- David has an undergraduate degree and a PhD from the University of Cambridge. He was a Fulbright-Hayes Scholar and Research Associate at the University of Chicago and a Research Fellow at Clare College Cambridge, before coming to UCL in 1983 as a Royal Society University Research Fellow. At UCL, he was appointed Professor at the age of 33, and later served as Head of the Department of Earth Sciences, and as Dean of the Faculty of Mathematical & Physical Sciences, before being appointed Vice-Provost (Research) in 2007.
He was one of the first to establish the now major field of computational mineral physics. He has published over 250 research papers/chapters, and his work has attracted over 11,000 citations (as reported in Google Scholar).