Between 2002 and 2015, Keith Mander was first Pro Vice-Chancellor then Deputy Vice-Chancellor at the University of Kent. In that time his University-wide responsibilities have included Information Services, Planning & Resources (incl. Estates and Human Resources), Health & Safety and Development. Since 2014 his main focus has been on the University of Kent’s 50th Anniversary Programme.
Keith studied at the University of Nottingham, completing a BSc in Mathematics and a PhD in Computer Science in the 1970s. His first academic appointment was as a Lecturer in Computer Science at the University of Liverpool. From 1981 to 1999 he worked at the University of York, becoming the Head of the Department of Computer Science in 1992. In 1999, Keith was appointed to the University of Kent as Professor of Computer Science; from 1999 to 2002 he was also Director of the Computing Laboratory.
Keith has been a member of the Board of the Canterbury Festival since 2004, and became its Chairman in 2014. He is also a Trustee of the London Chamber Orchestra Trust, and a member of the Advisory Board of ectalent – a US-based company devoted to the development of early career talent through the use of international placements.