Professor Barry Winn

Vice Chancellor and President, Taylor's University


Professor Barry Winn boasts a distinguished career in higher education leadership, showcasing a robust track record. As the Vice-Chancellor of Sohar University in Oman from 2015 to 2022, Professor Winn led transformative efforts, resulting in a substantial growth of the student body to 7,000 and a dedicated academic staff of 180. Prior to his role at Sohar University, he held key positions at renowned institutions, serving as the Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Academic Development at the University of Bradford and, preceding that, as the Pro Vice-Chancellor for Research and Enterprise at the University of Hull. Noteworthy among his earlier roles is his tenure as the Dean of the School of Life Sciences at the University of Bradford.

Professor Winn’s contributions extend beyond administrative roles; his impact on research is significant. With over 100 peer-reviewed journal articles and three book chapters to his name, he reflects a steadfast commitment to advancing knowledge in optics and vision science. His dedication to academic standards is evident through his roles as a reviewer for the Quality Assurance Agency (UK) and the Oman Academic Accreditation Authority (OAAA). Moreover, he has served as an external examiner for undergraduate and postgraduate programs as well as PhDs at various universities worldwide.

His influence in the research community is highlighted by prestigious memberships, including being a Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine (2003) and the American Academy of Optometry (2001). Professor Winn’s role as a Medical Research Council Advisory Board Member, coupled with his association with global charitable foundations, underscores his unwavering dedication to advancing research in health and life sciences.