Professor Andrew Slade is currently Deputy Vice Chancellor responsible for strategic development of research and for regional local authority partnerships. He was previously Pro Vice Chancellor, Research and Enterprise, and Professor of Applied Computing at the University of Bedfordshire. Prior to that, he held senior posts in research and innovation at the University of Sunderland, where he also completed his PhD. Professor Slade is a Fellow of the British Computer Society and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.
Professor Slade founded the Centre for Electronic Commerce back in 1996 at the University of Sunderland, with European Research funding he secured from the Telematics programme. Since then, the research unit has grown considerably. It changed its name to the Centre for Internet Technologies in 2005.
Professor Slade has extensive experience with European research projects. He was the coordinator and lead technical manager of a 14 partner 11 country project under framework 5 investigating the problems associated with the introduction of Electronic Procurement in public authorities. Working closely with Local Authority partners in the UK (Newcastle City) and, for example The Austrian State Printing Office in Vienna. The project devised and constructed a pilot system for ensuring security and other matters for large and small scale public procurement.
The author of over 100 scientific papers in technical areas including data visualisation; distributed computing; parallel processing and information systems. Professor Slade has been an investigator on many projects in the Brite Euram; 3rdFP; 4thFP and 5th FP programmes of the EU. He has also served as expert evaluator of several projects in DG Information Society.