Professor Mark Ormerod is Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Provost of Keele University and has been in this role since 2015. He is responsible for the academic leadership of the University. He is also the institutional lead for Keele’s internationally renowned and sector leading activities in sustainability and low carbon energy, which involve embedding sustainability in all aspects of the University’s operations – research and innovation, knowledge exchange, education, external engagement and partnerships, and the campus and community.
Professor Ormerod was previously Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research and Enterprise) at Keele and Head of the Schools of Physical and Geographical Sciences, and Chemistry and Physics, and Professor of Clean Technology and Inorganic Materials Chemistry, and previously held prestigious EPSRC Advanced Research and Cambridge University Oppenheimer Fellowships.
Professor Ormerod has an international profile for his leadership, advocacy and communication of sustainability and low carbon issues. He is a member of UKRI’s cross-Research Council Environmental Sustainability Advisory Group and numerous other national and international panels and advisory groups. He is the Executive lead for Keele University’s Smart Energy Network Demonstrator (SEND), a European first, genuine at scale living laboratory for developing and testing smart, low carbon and energy efficient technologies.
His original research interests centred on sustainable materials chemistry, low carbon energy and more environmentally friendly and sustainable chemical processes and technologies. His interests extend to energy policy and interdisciplinary research in sustainability and sustainable energy, focusing on low carbon energy and reducing energy use and factors affecting pro-environmental behaviour in individuals and communities.