The CEO and Provost, Professor Graham Kendall, has overall responsibility for all academic and operational aspects of the Malaysia Campus. In this role he is supported by two Vice Provosts, one with responsibility for Teaching and Learning, one with responsibility for Research and Knowledge Transfer. The Provost is a member of the University Senate.
Professor Graham Kendall became CEO & Provost in August 2016, prior to which he was Vice-Provost (Research and Knowledge Transfer) is responsible for the strategic direction of the campus for Research and Knowledge Transfer.
He was awarded a BSc (Hons) First Class in Computation from The University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology (UMIST), UK in 1997 and received his PhD from The University of Nottingham (School of Computer Science) in 2000. He is a Fellow of the Operational Research Society.
Before entering academia he spent almost 20 years in the IT industry, working for various companies (including the Co-operative Wholesale Society and Provincial Insurance), undertaking a variety of roles ranging from Computer Operator, Technical Support Manager and Operations Manager.
In addition to editing a number of books, he has also authored many peer reviewed conference and journal papers.He is an Associate Editor for many international journals as well as guest editing a number of journal special issues.He chairs the Steering Committee of the Multidisciplinary International Conference on Scheduling: Theory and Applications in addition to chairing several other international conferences in recent years. He has been a member of the program/technical committees of many international conferences since 2000.
He has been awarded externally funded grants worth over £5.5M from a variety of sources including the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council and commercial organisations.
He holds positions in several companies which we were formed on the basis of his expertise. He is a director of Aptia Solutions Ltd. which specialises in nesting software; a non-executive director of Event Map Ltd., which specialises in timetabling solutions and he was a director of Nottingham MyRIAD Solutions Sdn Bhd which used to be the commercialisation arm of UNMC.
Professor Kendall’s research interests lie in Operational Research, Meta- and Hyper-Heuristics, Evolutionary Computation and Artificial Intelligence, with a specific interest in scheduling (particularly sports), timetabling, cutting and packing, rostering and routing and logistics.