Pro Vice-Chancellor, Professor Nishan Canagarajah

‌Special responsibilities:

  • Research & Enterprise
  • Faculty of Science 
  • Faculty of Social Sciences and Law

The PVC Research and Enterprise is responsible for the continuing development of the University’s Research strategy, working closely with Deans, Faculty Research Directors and the Director of RED.


Professor Nishan Canagarajah was born and educated in Sri Lanka, then received his BA (Hons) and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Cambridge, UK in 1989 and 1993 respectively. He joined the University of Bristol in 1993 and became a Professor of Multimedia Signal Processing in 2004. He has since served as the Faculty of Engineering Research Director (2006-2009), Head of Department of Computer Science (2009-2010), Head of Merchant Venturers School of Engineering (2010-2011) and Dean of the Faculty of Engineering (2011-2014). Nishan took up the post of Pro Vice-Chancellor for Research and Enterprise in August 2014 where he has overall responsibility for all research and enterprise activities.

Nishan’s research contributions in image segmentation and texture classification are internationally recognized and his research on audio signal processing led to an interactive exhibit, Virtual Drum, at the London Science Museum. He has led a number of successful international research partnerships and is currently theme leader for the joint £5M EPSRC/DST collaborative programme on next generation Telecommunications Systems and Services, which includes a number of UK and Indian Universities and industrial partners. 

Nishan has served on a number of national and international panels on research funding, governance and postgraduate education. He acted as a Technical Consultant for several industrial partners including Sony, BT, BBC, Orange, Thales, Toshiba and the Met Police. Previously, Nishan chaired the University Executive Committee for the National Composites Centre, was a Non-Executive Director for North Bristol Trust and served on the HEFCE STEM Review Advisory Board.

Nishan currently chairs the University’s Equality and Diversity Oversight Group. He is also one of the Bristol Race Equality Commissioners and sits on the Governing Board of the Bristol City Funds.  




You may contact Professor Nishan Canagarajah through Rachel Holley and Carly Gully, Personal Assistant, Vice-Chancellor's Office.