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Published on 02 February 2024

Professor Milan Radosavljevic
Professor Milan Radosavljevic

The University of Sunderland has announced the appointment of Professor Milan Radosavljevic as its new Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Commercial).

Professor Radosavljevic, currently Pro Vice-Chancellor Research, Innovation and Engagement at the University of the West of Scotland, will join the University on 7 May 2024.

Sir David Bell, the University of Sunderland’s Vice-Chancellor, and Chief Executive, said “I am delighted that we have appointed Professor Milan Radosavljevic as our new Deputy Vice-Chancellor. He was the unanimous choice of everyone who met him during a comprehensive and exhaustive selection process.

“Milan has a great track record across all the areas he will be responsible for, including student recruitment, research and innovation, and commercial income. Having worked across Europe, as well as in the private sector, he has the range of knowledge and depth of experience that will make him a perfect fit for the role at Sunderland.”

Professor Radosavljevic said, "I am truly delighted to commence this exciting journey with the University of Sunderland in my role as the new Deputy Vice-Chancellor Commercial. It is a distinct honour to become part of this outstanding institution, and I eagerly anticipate collaborating with my fantastic colleagues. Together, we will contribute to the ongoing growth and excellence of the University of Sunderland."

In recent years, Professor Radosavljevic has held the roles of Associate Vice-Principal Research and Enterprise, Assistant Dean Research and Enterprise, and Professor of Civil Engineering. He played a key role in the development of the Glasgow City Region Innovation Action Plan and has instigated the Paisley University Town initiative that aims to establish a new innovation district and transform Paisley town centre.

Professor Radosavljevic has also initiated the £21m Digital Dairy Value Chain consortium, supported through the UK government’s Strength in Places Fund (SIPF). In addition, he has overseen the development of noteworthy spin-outs such as Novosound, Albasense and WellFish Tech, one of UK’s largest and fastest growing knowledge transfer partnerships (KTPs) portfolios and established Scotland’s leading continuing professional development centre, servicing around 2000 attendees in its first 12 months.

Prior to his time at the University of the West of Scotland, Professor Radosavljevic worked at the University of Reading and the University of Dundee. He holds a PhD in Civil Engineering from the University of Dundee.