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Professor Syamantak Bhattacharya, Pro Vice-Chancellor, Research and Knowledge Exchange

Professor Syamantak Bhattacharya

Pro Vice-Chancellor, Research and Knowledge Exchange

Role at Solent

As Pro-Vice Chancellor for Research and Knowledge Exchange, Professor Bhattacharya provides strategic leadership to the development and implementation of the University’s Research and Knowledge Exchange Enabling Plan, building a supportive research culture in the University and enhancing the University’s research and knowledge exchange funding, income and league table position.


Before taking up his current post in June 2020, Professor Bhattacharya was Dean of the Warsash School of Maritime Science and Engineering. During his four years in post, he successfully carried out major change management initiatives which included a complete revision of the academic portfolio, aligning vocational education with the rest of the University’s HE provisions, restructuring the staff base, and relocation of the teaching and training facilities - including planning, designing and building of the University’s new Maritime Simulation Centre in Southampton.

Before joining Solent, Professor Bhattacharya was affiliated to Plymouth University for seven years as an academic and a researcher. Prior to this, he was a recipient of a Nippon Foundation Scholarship to read for his doctoral award in Cardiff University, UK which he completed in 2009.

Professor Bhattacharya began his career in the Merchant Navy, where he served for over 15 years on oil tankers, two of those as ship captain and another two as manager of a fleet of ships in Singapore.

At the beginning of 2020, Professor Bhattacharya received the prestigious Hind Rattan (Jewel of India) Award, which is awarded annually to eminent persons of Indian origin and is considered the highest civilian award for the Indian diaspora, in recognition of his outstanding contributions in education.

External bodies

  • Member of All-Party Parliamentary Maritime and Ports Group
  • Board Member of Merchant Navy Training Board
  • Fellow of Higher Education Academy

Committee membership

  • Vice-Chancellor’s Group
  • Academic Board
  • Research Degrees (Chair)
  • Research and Knowledge Exchange
  • Honorary Degrees and Titles
  • Academic Portfolio and Partnerships
  • Joint Negotiating and Consultative