The Vice-Chancellor

Professor Sir Robert Burgess

(0116 252 2322 / vc@le.ac.uk)

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Robert Burgess is Vice-Chancellor of the University of Leicester (a post he has held for over thirteen years) and Chair of the Higher Education Academy, the UUK/Guild HE Teacher Education Advisory Group and NatCen Social Research. He is President of the Society for Research in Higher Education, is a member of the UCEA Board and an Academician of the Academy of the Social Sciences. He has Chaired the UUK/Guild HE Implementation Group on the Higher Education Achievement Report and Degree Classifications on which he has produced four reports and now Chairs the Higher Education Achievement Report Advisory Committee and the Grade Point Average Advisory Committee. He was awarded a Knighthood in 2010 for services to Higher Education locally and nationally and was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Midlands Business Awards in February 2012.

He has held national roles in a range of major organisations including: President of the British Sociological Association, President of the Association for the Teaching of the Social Sciences and Founding Chair of the UK Council for Graduate Education. He has been a member of the Council of the Economic and Social Research Council and a member of the British Library Board. He has been Chair of the Postgraduate Training Board of the Economic and Social Research Council and Chair of the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) and the Research Information Network. He has also been Chair of the East Midlands Universities Association and Honorary Secretary of the Society for Research in Higher Education.

He was previously Senior Pro Vice Chancellor, Director of CEDAR (Centre for Educational Development, Appraisal and Research) and Professor of Sociology at the University of Warwick.

His main publications include: Experiencing Comprehensive Education (1983), In the Field: An Introduction to Field Research (1984), Education, Schools and Schooling (1985), Sociology, Education and Schools (1986), Schools at Work (1988 with Rosemary Deem), Implementing In-Service Education and Training (1993 with John Connor, Sheila Galloway, Marlene Morrison and Malcolm Newton), Research Methods (1993) and Reflections of the University of Leicester (2010 with Joanne Wood) together with over twenty-four edited volumes on qualitative methods and education and over one hundred articles and book chapters.

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