Professor Shearer West


Vice-Chancellor, Professor Shearer West

Professor Shearer West is the seventh President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Nottingham, taking up office on 2 October 2017.

Professor West is a Professor of Art History and has held a number of leadership roles in higher education. She obtained her BA degree in Art History and English at the College of William and Mary in Virginia, and her PhD in Art History at the University of St Andrews.

Following her PhD, Professor West worked as an editor for the Grove Dictionary of Art before taking up her first academic post at the University of Leicester.

In 1996, she moved to the University of Birmingham as Head of the History of Art Department, then Head of the School of Historical Studies, and Acting Head of the College of Arts and Law. She was awarded a personal chair in 2000.

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In 2008 Professor West was appointed Director of Research at the Arts and Humanities Research Council where she also chaired the Research Directors Group for Research Councils UK. She was appointed Head of the Humanities Division at Oxford in 2011, where she oversaw the launch of The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities (TORCH) and the Ertegun Graduate Scholarship Programme in the Humanities. She was appointed Provost and Deputy Vice-Chancellor at the University of Sheffield in 2015.

Professor West has authored and edited many articles and nine books including Portraiture; The Visual Arts in Germany 1897-1940: Utopia and Despair; and Fin De Siecle: Art and Society in an Age of Uncertainty. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, the Higher Education Academy and the Royal Historical Society, and has held two visiting fellowships at Yale University.

Professor West also has a number of international roles, most recently acting as main panel chair for the national research assessment exercise for humanities in Norway and serving on the steering group to introduce impact into the Excellence in Research (ERA) exercise in Australia.

She has also represented the UK on the Science Europe Humanities Scientific Committee, and has been a jurist for the Spinoza Prize in the Netherlands and the Odysseus and Solvay prizes in Belgium, as well as an Advisory Board member for the Social Sciences Faculty of the University of Vienna.



When and where?
7 December 2017
Great Hall, Trent Building, University Park Campus.


11am – Chancellor’s welcome

7pm – (China and Malaysia)

11.15am – Vice-Chancellor’s inaugural lecture

7.15pm – (China and Malaysia)

12 noon – Questions and reflections

8pm (China and Malaysia)

Read a transcript of the lecture