( March 12, 2014, London, Sri Lanka Guardian) The University of Bristol today announced that Professor Nishan Canagarajah, Dean of the Faculty of Engineering, is to become one of the University’s Pro Vice-Chancellors.

His area of special responsibility will be research and enterprise - a role currently undertaken by Professor Guy Orpen, who is to become the Deputy Vice-Chancellor following Professor David Clarke’s retirement at the end of July.

Professor Canagarajah read Electronics and Information Sciences at the University of Cambridge and then completed his PhD on Digital Signal Processing in the Engineering Department at the same institution. After completing his doctoral studies he joined the University of Bristol in 1994, he was promoted to Reader in 2002, became Professor of Multimedia Signal Processing in 2004 and was appointed Dean of Engineering in 2011.

The Vice-Chancellor of the University, Professor Sir Eric Thomas, said: “Nishan has an outstanding track record both in his academic discipline, and as Dean of Engineering. I have no doubt he will build on Guy Orpen’s tremendous success in the role of Pro Vice-Chancellor.”

Professor Nishan Canagarajah said: “It is an enormous privilege to have been selected to serve in this role and I look forward to working for and with the University’s talented research and enterprise community.”