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Professor David Shepherd

Professor David Shepherd

Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic)


As Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic), David provides senior leadership for the University’s overall academic strategy, development and delivery, promoting sector-leading quality and practice in teaching, learning and research in line with the University’s strategic vision. 


Previously, David was Pro Vice-Chancellor and Dean of Humanities and Social Sciences at Keele (2009-2016), and then Deputy Vice-Chancellor at Canterbury Christ Church University (2016-2019). Prior to his time at Keele, David was a senior member of staff at the University of Sheffield, where 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.

A Russianist by background, he has published extensively on Russian literature, culture and cultural theory.

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