Ph. D. in Computational Group Theory, Vice Chancellor and Chief Executive of Anglia Ruskin University, UK, Honorary Professor and Honorary Member of Academic Committee of Beijing Information Science & Technology University (BISTU).
Professor Michael Thorne began his university career as a lecturer at University College London followed by a decade at Cardiff University which he left to take up management roles at Sunderland University and then Napier University in Edinburgh prior to becoming Vice Chancellor of the University of East London. He has been Vice Chancellor of Anglia Ruskin University since 2007.
Professor Michael Thorne is the author, co-author and editor of a large number of books and academic papers, and has contributed to many television and radio programmes as well as being in high demand as a speaker. He has held a variety of public appointments across Great Britain, from chairing the Labour government's Advisory Committee on Libraries to, most recently, becoming a member of the NHS Chief Executive's Advisory Group on Innovation. He chaired the Parliamentary Skills Commission's enquiry into Information, Advice and Guidance and is a member of the Board of the Office of the Independent Adjudicator for Higher Education. He is a Trustee of the Sir John Cass Foundation in the City of London.
In his spare time he conducts Wagner operas and other large scale musical works. He is a Freeman of the City of London and a member of the Musicians' Livery Company.
Professor Michael Thorne is appointed Honorary Professor and Honorary Member of Academic Committee of Beijing Information Science & Technology University on March 22, 2012.