Professor Stephen Jarvis BSc, MSc, PhD, FBCS

Professor Stephen Jarvis

Provost and Vice-Principal

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University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Professor Stephen Jarvis is Provost and Vice-Principal at the University of Birmingham. Prior to this he served as Pro-Vice-Chancellor at the University and Head of its College of Engineering and Physical Sciences.

Before joining the University of Birmingham he was Deputy Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research) at the University of Warwick, where he led industry-academic partnerships in the area of big data and established an international scholarship programme in AI. He also supported the establishment of The Alan Turing Institute, the United Kingdom's national institute for data science and artificial intelligence, where he served as a non-executive Director and Trustee between 2018 and 2020.

Professor Jarvis is a computational scientist, and has published more than 220 peer-reviewed academic papers, including with Argonne National Laboratory, ARM, Centre for Space Research at MIT, CRAY, Fujitsu Labs Europe, IBM TJ Watson Research Laboratory, Intel, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, NASA Ames Research Center, NEC European Research Laboratory, Rolls-Royce, Sandia National Laboratories and the Francis Crick Institute. He has received several major grants from the UK Research Councils and from industry, supporting research in areas including data science, robotics and autonomy, aerodynamics and continuum mechanics, networks and distributed systems, computer graphics and visualization, software engineering and computer architectures.


  • PhD in Computer Science, University of Durham, 1995
  • MSc in Computation, University of Oxford, 1992
  • BSc (Hons) in Computer Science, University of London, 1991


Professor Jarvis’ research has been employed by industry and national laboratories to address scientific problems, ranging from simulating fusion energy reactions to the design of efficient turbofan jet engines. He is a former Royal Society Industry Fellow, Director of an EPSRC Doctoral Training Centre, and non-Executive Director of the Alan Turing Institute, the UK’s national institute for data science and artificial intelligence.

Professor Jarvis studied at London, Oxford and Durham Universities before taking his first Lectureship at the Oxford University Computing Laboratory. After a short secondment to Microsoft Research in Cambridge, he joined the University of Warwick, rising to Professor in 2009. From 2013 to 2018 he was Head of the Department of Computer Science at Warwick, and in 2018 he was appointed to the role of Deputy Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research). In 2020 he moved to the University of Birmingham as Pro-Vice-Chancellor and Head of the College of Engineering and Physical Sciences, one of the largest groupings of engineers and physical scientists in Europe.

Professor Jarvis has held three independent Fellowships in which capacity he has provided independent, evidence-based scientific and technical advice to industry and government. In 2013, work with the US National Laboratories led to an R&D Top 100 Award, widely recognized as an ‘Oscar of Innovation’.

Professor Jarvis held a Visiting Exchange Professorship at New York University between 2017 and 2021.


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