Deputy Vice-Chancellor appointed
20 January 2016
Professor David Shepherd, currently Pro Vice-Chancellor and Dean of Humanities and Social Sciences at Keele University, has been appointed as Canterbury Christ Church University’s Deputy Vice-Chancellor.
He will take up his appointment on June 1 2016. In this role he will have responsibility for leading the planning and delivery of the University’s academic strategy.
Professor Shepherd is an internationally distinguished scholar in twentieth-century Russian culture, pioneering new multidisciplinary approaches, and in critical and cultural theory, working in particular on the Russian philosopher Mikhail Bakhtin and the Bakhtin Circle. He has also conducted research in the digital humanities.
Educated at the University of Oxford, Professor Shepherd completed his PhD at the University of Manchester, where he was a Lecturer from 1983 until his appointment in 1994 to a Chair of Russian at Sheffield University. At Sheffield he founded the Bakhtin Centre and held a wide range of leadership roles, including Head of the School of Modern Languages and Linguistics, Director of Research for Arts and Humanities, and Director of the Humanities Research Institute.
In 2009 he moved to Keele as Professor of Cultural Theory and Dean of Humanities and Social Sciences, leading the University’s largest and most complex Faculty to its strong performance in the Research Excellence Framework (REF) and the National Student Survey, underpinned by financial sustainability and a focused academic portfolio. As Pro Vice-Chancellor with responsibility for Library and Information Strategy, Professor Shepherd has overseen major enhancements to the student experience through improvement of Keele’s library services and IT environment. He has also played a leading role in the development of Keele’s international strategy and partnerships.
Professor Shepherd has held a number of national roles. A former President of the British Association for Slavonic and East European Studies, he served for many years on the Arts and Humanities Research Council’s Peer Review College, and was a panel member for the national research assessment exercises RAE 2008 and REF 2014.
Canterbury Christ Church University’s Vice-Chancellor, Professor Rama Thirunamachandran, said: “In David Shepherd we have appointed an outstanding international scholar with considerable leadership and management experience in three major UK universities. I am confident that the very significant experience and expertise he brings will help deliver our ambitious plans for the future.”
Professor Shepherd said: “I am delighted and honoured to be joining Canterbury Christ Church University as Deputy Vice-Chancellor. This is an exciting new role in a modern 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. I look forward to helping Christ Church deliver the ambitions set out in its Strategic Framework.”
Notes to editors
Canterbury Christ Church University is a modern university with a particular strength in higher education for the public services.
With almost 18,000 students across Kent and Medway, its courses span a wide range of academic and professional subject areas.
- 95% of our UK graduates were in employment or further studies six months after completing their studies*.
*2012/13 Destination of Leavers from Higher Education survey