Andrey Jivkov is a Professor of Solid Mechanics and leads the Mechanics and Physics of Solids Research Group in the Department of Mechanical, Aerospace and Civil Engineering at the University of Manchester. He received his PhD in Mechanics from Lund University, Sweden, and worked as postdoctoral researcher in materials departments in Malmo and Manchester. He spent several years in industry as a consultant on structural integrity, before taking an academic post in 2010. Jivkov has published more than 70 articles in primary journals and more than 60 refereed conference papers in the areas of mechanics and physics of solid materials. One of his interests, related to integrity assessment of high-integrity plant, are the local approaches to cleavage fracture.