Professor David Shepherd
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I joined Christ Church in June 2016, after seven years as Dean of Humanities and Social Sciences at Keele University, leading the University’s largest and most complex faculty to strong performances in REF (Research Excellence Framework) and the National Student Survey, underpinned by sustainable finances and a focused academic portfolio. As Pro Vice-Chancellor for Library and Information Strategy, I oversaw major enhancements to the student experience through improvement of Keele’s library services and IT environment. I also played a leading role in the development of the University’s international strategy and partnerships.
I have held a range of national roles. I was President of the British Association for Slavonic and East European Studies, a member of the national Research Assessment Exercise panel for Russian, Slavonic and Eastern European Languages in 2008, and served in the same capacity for Modern Languages for the 2014 Research Excellence Framework. I was a member of the Arts and Humanities Research Council Peer Review College from 2005 to 2014. Between 2010 and 2012, I also chaired steering groups of research data management projects funded by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) and the national Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC).
After taking my first degree at the University of Oxford, and spending a year at Harvard as a Kennedy Scholar, I completed my PhD at the University of Manchester, where I was a Lecturer from 1983 until my appointment in 1994 to a Chair of Russian at Sheffield University. A specialist in 20th century Russian culture and in critical and cultural theory, I have worked in particular on the Russian philosopher Mikhail Bakhtin and the Bakhtin Circle, and while at Sheffield I founded the internationally renowned Bakhtin Centre. I have also conducted research in the digital humanities – the innovative use of advanced technologies for the conduct and dissemination of humanities research.
In my role here, I support the Vice-Chancellor in the leadership, management and day-to-day operation of the University, with lead responsibility for the University’s overall academic strategy. I have formal line management of Deans and Pro Vice-Chancellors, and of Information Technology, International Partnerships and Development and the Christ Church Process Improvement Programme (CCPIP).
What are your current priorities?
My current priorities include ensuring that the University's academic portfolio is appropriate to the current competitive environment, and leading the University’s response to the outcome of the EU Referendum, in particular addressing its implications for non-UK EU staff, and for the recruitment of international students.
What inspires you about Christ Church?
What I find most inspiring about Christ Church is that it is a university with strong values, deeply held and clearly articulated, and one that takes a properly holistic approach to academic endeavour, with student experience and success at its very heart.
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