Dean and Chief Executive

Professor Rick Rylance, is Dean and Chief Executive of the School of Advanced Study and Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research), University of London.

Since 2015, Professor Rylance has been director of the Institute of English Studies. He also held the roles of chief executive of the Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and chair of the Research Councils UK executive group. He has been at the AHRC since 2009. Prior to that, he was head of the School of Arts, Languages and Literature at the University of Exeter, and before that dean of arts and letters at the then Anglia Polytechnic University in Cambridge.

Professor Rylance has extensive experience of work in English studies, having been chair of the English sub-panel of the RAE 2008. He was a founder member of the English Subject Centre’s Advisory Board, a past chair of the Council of College and University English (CCUE), and is currently a member of the Higher Education Committee of the English Association. Professor Rylance was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA) in 1998 and a Founding Fellow of the English Association in 1999. 

His main research interests are in nineteenth- and twentieth-century literature and the intellectual and literary history of those periods. He has a particular interest in the history of psychology and the psychology of reading.