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Professor Andrew Wathey has been Vice-Chancellor of Northumbria University since September 2008. He is the University's fourth Vice-Chancellor.

Born in Plymouth, he graduated in Music from the University of Oxford in 1979, where he took his doctorate in Music in 1987. He was a Junior Research Fellow at Merton College Oxford, and then a Research Fellow at Downing College, Cambridge. In 1989 he became Lecturer in Music at Royal Holloway, University of London, and Reader from 2005, and in 1999 he was appointed Professor of Music History. He held roles within the Music Department and as Dean of the Faculty of Arts at Royal Holloway, before being appointed Vice Principal (Planning and Resources) in 2003, and Senior Vice-Principal in 2006.

Professor Wathey's published research has focused on the social and cultural history of music in late-medieval England and France, in particular court patronage, music in medieval towns, and the 14th-century motet. He has also been heavily involved in the digital study of medieval music manuscripts, and was a co-founder of the Digital Image Archive of Medieval Music (DIAMM). He is a member of the British Academy's Early English Church Music Committee, which he chaired 2002-2007, and of the RISM (UK) Trust. He was also Chair of the Music subject panel in the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise.

He was a Visiting Fellow at All Souls College, Oxford in 1998. He is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, of the Society of Antiquaries, and of the Royal Society of the Arts, and was a Vice-President of the Royal Musical Association from 2001 to 2009.

Professor Wathey chairs the Stakeholder Forum of the Student Loans Company, and is a Board Member of the Leadership Foundation for Higher Education and University Alliance. He is a Member of Universities UK's Longer Term Strategy Group and of its Finance and Research Policy Networks.

Regionally, he is an elected Member of the CBI Regional Council, and a Governor of Newcastle Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. He also serves on the Boards of the BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Arts, and the NewcastleGateshead Initiative.

Professor Wathey was inaugurated as Vice-Chancellor of Northumbria University on 28 October 2008.


  • –present
    Vice-Chancellor, Northumbria University, Newcastle