New Dean at the School of Advanced Study

Friday 24 August 2007

Distinguished Economic Historian, Professor Sir Roderick Floud has been appointed Dean of the School of Advanced Study (SAS) at the University of London. Sir Roderick replaces Professor Nicholas Mann, who retired at the end of July 2007 after seventeen years service to the School, the University and the academic community.

Sir Roderick, a former University of London Professor said: “I am delighted to be returning to the University and honoured to have been asked to lead on the work being undertaken by the School, which consists of Institutes performing roles of national importance to their subjects.”

He added: “The School is currently undergoing a review by the Higher Education Funding Council for England, and one of my main objectives will be to lead the School in responding to this review. I will also be actively involved in publicising the School’s national and international work in facilitating research in the humanities and social sciences.”

Sir Graeme Davies, Vice-Chancellor of the University of London, commented: “The University and the School of Advanced Study are very fortunate to have been able to secure the services of Sir Roderick who will bring to the Deanship a wealth of experience in academic research and academic management, which will be of great benefit to both institutions.”

Sir Roderick, who has a particular interest in part-time education and the cause of disadvantaged students, was knighted for his services to higher education in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list in 2005.

Sir Roderick is also the author of many books and articles on technological change, the use of IT in the study of history, the evolution of technical education and on changes in human height, health and welfare. His work draws on the expertise of human biologists, demographers, economists, nutritionists, physiologists and others to create the new discipline of anthropometric history.

Editor Notes

Biography notes on Sir Roderick

• He was elected an Academician of the Social Sciences in 2000 and a Fellow of the British Academy in 2002.

• He has a particular interest in part-time and mature students in higher education and was previously a Professor at Birkbeck College London and Stanford University, California.

• He is an Honorary Fellow of Birkbeck College London, Wadham College, Oxford, Emmanuel College Cambridge, the City and Guild of London Institute and the Historical Association and holds honorary degrees from City University and the University of Westminster.

• Under Professor Floud’s leadership as Provost, London Guildhall University – which merged with the University of North London in August 2002 to become London Metropolitan University – was a partner in many regeneration and economic development activities in East London.

• He was, until 31st March 2006, an Observer on the Board of the London Development Agency and co-Chair of the London Skills Commission. He chaired the working party that produced London: the Knowledge Capital, the first London Innovation and Knowledge Transfer Strategy.

• Professor Floud was the first convenor of London Higher, which represents all 41 of London’s Higher Education institutions.

• He was also President of Universities UK, which represents 121 British universities, from July 2001 to July 2003 and chaired the interim Board of the Leadership Foundation for Higher Education.

• He was a council member of the Conference of European Rectors and is currently a Vice-President of the European University Association, taking particular responsibility for the “Bologna Process” which aims to create a European Higher Education Area by 2010.

• He retired as President of London Metropolitan University at the end of March 2006 and started his position as the Chair of the Standing Committee for the Social Sciences of the European Science Foundation in May 2007.

• He is a founder member of the Universities Advisory Group, which provides strategic advice and mentoring to Vice-Chancellors and their senior staff.