Professor Hai-Sui Yu

Job title
Provost and Deputy Vice-Chancellor



Professor Hai-Sui Yu is the standing deputy for the Vice-Chancellor and President, providing oversight and coordination of the University’s academic strategy and its planning and delivery. He also leads on the University’s international strategy.

He also holds the role of Professor of Geotechnical Engineering in the School of Civil Engineering.

His other key responsibilities include line-managing Executive Deans of all seven academic faculties and taking the executive lead on the University’s strategic and operational planning via its annual Integrated Planning Exercise and its strategic change programmes, overseeing their delivery against the institution’s key performance indicators. 

Professor Yu also line manages the University’s Deans for Global Development, Global Engagement, and Cultural Engagement, as well the Director of Strategic Planning Performance and the Pro Vice-Chancellor: Digital Transformation and Dean of Digital Transformation – providing strategic oversight for the development of our digital transformation strategy. 

He also line manages the Dean for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI), working closely with the Vice-Chancellor and President in supporting the development and implementation of the University’s EDI strategy.

Professor Yu is the institutional lead for the development and delivery of Leeds’ sector-leading Climate Plan, based on our seven climate principles.

Prior to joining the University of Leeds in 2016, Professor Yu served as Pro Vice-Chancellor (Global Engagement), Executive Dean of the Faculty of Engineering and Head of the School of Civil Engineering, and Professor of Geotechnical Engineering at the University of Nottingham.

During his academic career, Professor Yu has worked with many leading institutions in the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, France, Austria, and Italy. 

He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering in 2011 for outstanding personal engineering achievement.