List of British university chancellors and vice-chancellors

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This is a list of the Chancellors, Vice-Chancellors and Visitors of Universities in the United Kingdom. In most cases, the Chancellor is a ceremonial head, while the Vice-Chancellor is chief academic officer and chief executive.

In Scotland, the Principal is the chief executive and is usually ex officio Vice-Chancellor, which is a purely titular position.

University Chancellor Vice-Chancellor Visitor
University of Aberdeen HRH The Duchess of Rothesay[1] Sir Ian Diamond[2]
Abertay University William Cullen, Baron Cullen of Whitekirk[3] Nigel Seaton[4]
Aberystwyth University Sir Emyr Jones Parry (President) April McMahon
Anglia Ruskin University Michael Ashcroft, Baron Ashcroft[5] Michael Thorne[6]
University of the Arts London Sir John Tusa (Chairman) Nigel Carrington (Rector)
Arts University Bournemouth Stuart Bartholomew
University of AstonAston University Sir John Sunderland Julia King The Lord Chancellor (Chris Grayling MP)
Bangor University Dafydd Elis-Thomas John G Hughes
University of Bath HRH the Earl of Wessex Glynis Breakwell The Lord Chancellor (Chris Grayling MP)
University of Bath SpaBath Spa University Christina Slade[7]
University of Bedfordshire Rosalind Howells, Baroness Howells of St Davids[8] Bill Rammell[9]
University of Birmingham Karan Bilimoria, Baron Bilimoria David Eastwood The Queen
University of Birmingham CityBirmingham City University The Lord Mayor of Birmingham[10] Cliff Allan [10]
University College Birmingham Ray Linforth
Bishop Grosseteste University Dame Judith Mayhew Rev. Peter Neil
University of Bolton Patricia Morris, Baroness Morris of Bolton[11] George Holmes[12]
University of BournemouthBournemouth University Nicholas Phillips, Baron Phillips of Worth Matravers[13] John Vinney[14]
BPP University Janet Neel Cohen, Baroness Cohen of Pimlico Carl Lygo
University of Bradford Imran Khan Brian Cantor The Lord Chancellor (Chris Grayling MP)
University of Brighton Julian Crampton[15]
University of Bristol Brenda Hale, Baroness Hale of Richmond Eric Thomas (From September 2015 Hugh R. Brady) The Lord President (Nick Clegg MP)
University of BrunelBrunel University Sir Richard Sykes[16] Julia Buckingham[16]
University of Buckingham Simon Mackay, Baron Tanlaw Alistair Alcock (acting)
University of Buckinghamshire NewBuckinghamshire New University Rebecca Bunting [[1]]
University of Cambridge David Sainsbury, Baron Sainsbury of Turville Sir Leszek Borysiewicz[17]
University of Canterbury Christ ChurchCanterbury Christ Church University The Archbishop of Canterbury (Most Rev. and Rt Hon. Justin Welby) Rama Thirunamachandran
University of CardiffCardiff University Sir Martin Evans Colin Riordan Sir Anthony Evans
Cardiff Metropolitan University Derrick Morgan Antony J Chapman
University of Central Lancashire Sir Richard Evans Gerry Kelleher
University of Chester Gerald Grosvenor, 6th Duke of Westminster Tim Wheeler
City University London The Lord Mayor of London Paul Curran
Coventry University Sir John Egan John Latham[18]
University of Chichester Clive Behagg
University of CranfieldCranfield University Barbara Young, Baroness Young of Old Scone Sir Peter Gregson [19] HRH the Duke of Kent
University for the Creative Arts Zandra Rhodes Elaine Thomas
University of Cumbria The Most Revd and Rt Hon John Sentamu, Archbishop of York Peter Strike
De Montfort University Waheed Alli, Baron Alli Dominic Shellard
University of Derby 12th Duke of Devonshire John Coyne
University of Dundee Narendra Patel, Baron Patel Peter Downes
Durham University Sir Thomas Allen[20] Chris Higgins The Bishop of Durham
University of East Anglia Rose Tremain David Richardson The Lord President (Nick Clegg MP)
University of East London Gulam Noon, Baron Noon John Joughin
Edge Hill University Tanya Byron John Cater
University of Edinburgh HRH the Princess Royal Timothy O'Shea
Edinburgh Napier University Tim Waterstone Andrea Nolan
University of Essex Andrew Phillips, Baron Phillips of Sudbury Anthony Forster
University of Exeter Floella Benjamin, Baroness Benjamin Steve Smith The Lord Chancellor (Chris Grayling MP)
Falmouth University Dawn French[21] Anne Carlisle
University of Glasgow Sir Kenneth Calman Anton Muscatelli
Glasgow Caledonian University Muhammad Yunus Pamela Gillies
University of Gloucestershire Rennie Fritchie, Baroness Fritchie Stephen Marston
University of Greenwich Garry Hart, Baron Hart of Chilton Tessa Blackstone, Baroness Blackstone
Glyndŵr University Sir Jon Shortridge Michael Scott
Harper Adams University HRH the Princess Royal David Llewellyn
Heriot-Watt University Robert M Buchan Steve Chapman
University of Hertfordshire Robert Gascoyne-Cecil, 7th Marquess of Salisbury Quintin McKellar
University of the Highlands and Islands HRH the Princess Royal James M Fraser
University of Huddersfield Sir Patrick Stewart Bob Cryan
University of Hull Virginia Bottomley, Baroness Bottomley of Nettlestone Calie Pistorius The Lord President (Nick Clegg MP)
Imperial College LondonImperial College London John Kerr, Baron Kerr of Kinlochard Alice Gast The Lord President (Nick Clegg MP)
University of KeeleKeele University The Hon. Sir Jonathon Porritt Nick Foskett The Lord President (Nick Clegg MP)
University of Kent Sir Robert Worcester Dame Julia Goodfellow The Archbishop of Canterbury (Most Rev. and Rt Hon. Justin Welby)
Kingston University Bonnie Greer Julius Weinberg
Lancaster University Alan Milburn Mark Smith The Queen
University of Law John Latham (CEO)
University of Leeds Melvyn Bragg, Baron Bragg Sir Alan Langlands The Lord President (Nick Clegg MP)
Leeds Beckett University Sir Bob Murray Susan Price[22]
Leeds Trinity University Gabby Logan Margaret House
University of Leicester Sir Peter Williams Paul Boyle The Queen
University of Lincoln Victor Adebowale, Baron Adebowale Mary Stuart
University of Liverpool Sir David King Janet Beer The Lord President (Nick Clegg MP)
University of Liverpool HopeLiverpool Hope University Caroline Cox, Baroness Cox Gerald J. Pillay
University of Liverpool John MooresLiverpool John Moores University Brian May, CBE Nigel P. Weatherill
University of London HRH The Princess Royal Sir Adrian Smith The Lord President (Nick Clegg MP)
London Metropolitan University Malcolm Gillies
University of London South BankLondon South Bank University Sir Trevor McDonald David Phoenix
University of LoughboroughLoughborough University Sir John Jennings Shirley Pearce
University of Manchester Tom Bloxham MBE Dame Nancy Rothwell
Manchester Metropolitan University Dianne Thompson John Brooks (From June 2015 Malcolm Press)
Middlesex University Allen Sheppard, Baron Sheppard of Didgemere Michael Driscoll
University of NewcastleNewcastle University Sir Liam Donaldson[23] Chris Brink[23] The Lord Chancellor (Chris Grayling MP)
Newman University Peter Lutzeier
University of Northampton Kishwer Falkner, Baroness Falkner of Margravine Nick Petford
University of NorthumbriaNorthumbria University John Stevens, Baron Stevens of Kirkwhelpington Andrew Wathey
Norwich University of the Arts John Hurt
University of Nottingham Sir Andrew Witty Sir David Greenaway The Lord President (Nick Clegg MP)
Nottingham Trent University Sir Michael Parkinson Edward Peck
University of OpenOpen University David Puttnam, Baron Puttnam[24] Martin G. Bean The Lord Chancellor (Chris Grayling MP)
University of Oxford Chris Patten, Baron Patten of Barnes Andrew D. Hamilton
Oxford Brookes University Shami Chakrabarti Alistair Fitt
University of Plymouth Jonathan Kestenbaum, Baron Kestenbaum Wendy Purcell
University of Portsmouth Sandi Toksvig John Craven
Queen Margaret University Sir Tom Farmer Petra Wend
University of Queen'sQueen's University Belfast Kamalesh Sharma[25] Patrick Johnston The Queen
University of Reading John Madejski Sir David Bell The Queen
Robert Gordon University Sir Ian Wood Ferdinand von Prondzynski
University of RoehamptonRoehampton University John Simpson Paul O'Prey
Royal Agricultural University HRH The Prince of Wales Chris Gaskell
University of Salford Irene Khan Martin Hall The Lord Chancellor (Chris Grayling MP)
University of Sheffield Sir Peter Middleton Keith Burnett The Lord President (Nick Clegg MP)
Sheffield Hallam University Robert Winston, Baron Winston Philip Jones
Southampton Solent University Admiral Alan West, Baron West of Spithead Van Gore
University of Southampton Helen Alexander CBE Don Nutbeam The Lord President (Nick Clegg MP)
University of South Wales John Morris, Baron Morris of Aberavon Julie Lydon
University of StaffordshireStaffordshire University Bill Morris, Baron Morris of Handsworth Michael Gunn
University of St Andrews Sir Menzies Campbell Louise Richardson
University of Stirling James Naughtie[26] Gerry McCormac[27]
University of St Mark & St John Cara Aitchison
University of Strathclyde Robert Smith, Baron Smith of Kelvin Sir Jim McDonald
University of Sunderland Steve Cram Peter Fidler MBE
University of Surrey HRH the Duke of Kent Christopher Snowden The Lord Chancellor (Chris Grayling MP)
University of Sussex Sanjeev Bhaskar Michael Farthing The Lord President (Nick Clegg MP)
Swansea University The Rt Hon. Rhodri Morgan Richard B. Davies
Teesside University Tom Sawyer, Baron Sawyer Graham Henderson
University of Ulster James Nesbitt Richard Barnett
University of Warwick Richard Lambert Nigel Thrift
University of Wales HRH The Prince of Wales Medwin Hughes The Lord President (Nick Clegg MP)
University of Wales, Trinity Saint David R. Brinley Jones Medwin Hughes The Rt Rev'd J. Wyn Evans, Bishop of St David's
University of West London Laurence Geller Peter John
University of the West of England Elizabeth Butler-Sloss, Baroness Butler-Sloss Steven West
University of the West of Scotland Dame Elish Angiolini Craig Mahoney
University of Westminster Swaraj Paul Geoffrey E Petts
University of Winchester Alan Titchmarsh[28] Joy Carter
University of Wolverhampton Swaraj Paul Geoff Layer
University of Worcester HRH The Duke of Gloucester David Green
University of York Greg Dyke Koen Lamberts The Lord Chancellor (Chris Grayling MP)
York St John University The Archbishop of York (John Sentamu) David Fleming

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