Professor Tim Wheeler, DL

Vice-Chancellor, University of Chester

Professor Tim Wheeler was educated at the University College of North Wales, Bangor, where he studied as an undergraduate and subsequently gained a doctorate in psychology.  After lectureships in Psychology and Communications at Sheffield Hallam University in the 1970’s, Tim Wheeler became Dean of the Faculty of Communication and Human Studies at Dublin City University in 1980 and, in 1985, Professor and Head of the School of Social Studies at the Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen.  Combined with a period as Senior Visiting Research Scholar at St. John’s College, Oxford, he was Head of the Department of Communication and Media at Bournemouth University, moving to the then Southampton Institute in 1991, becoming Acting Director and Chief Executive in 1997.

Much of his work has involved academic and industrial consultancies, in addition to experience in Europe, America and Australia.  He was appointed Principal of University College Chester in 1998 and became the first Vice-Chancellor of the University of Chester in 2005.  He has published over a 100 articles, books and research reports in a diverse range of areas including psychopharmacology, dyslexia, communications and safety.  He was formerly deputy chair of UCAS, an executive member of the North West Regional Assembly and Chair of the North West Universities’ Association.  He was President of the Warrington Chamber of Commerce, and was the Chair of the Council of Church Universities and Colleges (Cathedrals Group).  He is a Deputy Lieutenant for Cheshire and is actively involved with Chester Cathedral as a Lay Canon.  He is married with three daughters, lives in Cheshire and enjoys music, theatre and the arts.

He has recently secured a donation for the University of c. £240M from Shell (UK) with the transfer of the Shell Thornton Research Centre in Ellesmere Port that will be home to a new Faculty of Science and Engineering.  He chairs the University of Chester Academies Trust (UCAT) a charity that has sponsored 7 Academies and a Free School and has been a School Governor and FE Corporation Governor over a period of twenty-five years.