Frank is Emeritus Professor of Regulation, School of Law, University of Manchester. Hewas Professor of Regulation in the School of Law from 2005 until 2014. From 2007 till 2011 he was Head of the School of Law. Prior to this he was a Professor of Economics at the University of Strathclyde.
In 2010 he was President of the International Society for New Institutional Economics (ISNIE).