New Vice-Chancellor for Nottingham

22 May 2017 11:45:00.000

The University of Nottingham is pleased to announce that Professor Shearer West has been appointed as its next President and Vice-Chancellor.

Professor West will take up office in October 2017 following the retirement of the incumbent Vice-Chancellor Professor Sir David Greenaway.

She will be the seventh Vice-Chancellor in the University’s history and the first woman in the role.

Click here for full story

Professor West is Professor of Art History and currently Provost and Deputy Vice-Chancellor at the University of Sheffield

She has held a number of significant leadership roles in higher education. Prior to her post at Sheffield, she was Head of the Humanities Division at the University of Oxford. She has also worked as Director of Research at the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), as Head of the School of Historical Studies at the University of Birmingham and undertook a number of leadership roles at Leicester University. 

While at the AHRC, she was appointed the first ever non-scientist chair of the Research Group of RCUK — which comprised science and research directors of all seven constituent research councils.

She has authored and edited nine books and many articles and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, the Higher Education Academy and the Royal Historical Society. She has held two visiting Fellowships at Yale University.

She also has a number of international roles of responsibility, 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 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.

In her role Professor West will work closely with the University of Nottingham’s leadership teams in the UK as well as at its overseas campuses in China and Malaysia.

President of Council John Mills said: “Professor West becomes our Vice-Chancellor at the start of a period of investment in both our research and academic community to build on the strong foundations in our campus infrastructure and international development which sets us apart from other UK Universities. 

“Nottingham has the ability to transform lives through its world-class teaching and research and with increasing collaboration with other leading institutions.

David has been a remarkable Vice-Chancellor and Shearer's energy, drive and commitment to a collaborative spirit reflects the culture of our University and will build on his legacy.”

Professor West added: “I am honoured to be appointed to the role of Vice-Chancellor at the University of Nottingham and looking forward to leading this great University. I am a sincere admirer of the wonderful work which Nottingham has undertaken across its faculties in the UK and overseas.

"It will be a privilege to work with a highly-regarded international community of scholars and students, and I look forward to taking up this role at a time of both challenge and opportunity for universities."

— Ends —

Our academics can now be interviewed for broadcast via our Media Hub, which offers a Globelynx fixed camera and ISDN line facilities at University Park campus. For further information please contact a member of the Communications team on +44 (0)115 951 5798, email or see the Globelynx website for how to register for this service.

For up to the minute media alerts, follow us on Twitter

Notes to editors: The University of Nottingham has 43,000 students and is ‘the nearest Britain has to a truly global university, with a “distinct” approach to internationalisation, which rests on those full-scale campuses in China and Malaysia, as well as a large presence in its home city.’ (Times Good University Guide 2016). It is also one of the most popular universities in the UK among graduate employers and was named University of the Year for Graduate Employment in the 2017 The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide. It is ranked in the world’s top 75 by the QS World University Rankings 2015/16, and 8th in the UK for research power according to the Research Excellence Framework 2014. It has been voted the world’s greenest campus for four years running, according to Greenmetrics Ranking of World Universities.

Impact: The Nottingham Campaign, its biggest-ever fundraising campaign, is delivering the University’s vision to change lives, tackle global issues and shape the future. More news…


Story credits



Liz Cass - Head of Media Relations

Email: Phone: +44 (0)115 748 4734 Location: University Park

Additional resources

No additional resources for this article

Related articles

Vice-Chancellor announces his decision to retire

Published Date
Thursday 8th September 2016

Media Relations - External Relations

The University of Nottingham
YANG Fujia Building
Jubilee Campus
Wollaton Road
Nottingham, NG8 1BB

telephone: +44 (0) 115 951 5798