Peter Scott (educationalist)
Life and career
Scott studied modern history as an undergraduate at Merton College, Oxford and was a visiting scholar and at the University of California, Berkeley Graduate School of Public Policy under a Harkness Fellowship. He then worked as a leader writer for The Times, and began writing for the Times Higher Education Supplement in 1971. He went on to serve as its editor from 1976 until 1992 when he was appointed Professor of Education at the University of Leeds and Director the university's Centre for Policy Studies in Education. He also served as the university's Pro Vice-Chancellor from 1995 to 1997. He concurrently served on the Lord Chancellor's Advisory Committee on Legal Education and Conduct from 1994 to 2000, and later was the Vice-Chairman (and acting Chairman during the interregnum between the resignation of Lord Steyn and the appointment of Lord Nicholls, both Law Lords).
Scott was appointed Vice-Chancellor of Kingston University in 1997 and took up his post there in January of the following year. He holds strong views about the need for administrators rather than academics to govern the activities of universities, calling administrators the "key profession" in higher education in his April 2009 speech to the annual conference of the Association of University Administrators. In May of that same year the World Intellectual Property Organisation rejected a complaint by Scott that an internet domain name—sirpeterscott.com—registered by a former Kingston University lecturer constituted a trademark owned by him (Scott) and that the lecturer did not have the right to use it. The lecturer was subsequently convicted of harassing Scott via the website; the conviction was later set aside, and he was acquitted in a re-trial.
Scott stepped down as Vice-Chancellor of Kingston at the end of 2010 (six months before he was due to retire) to become Professor of Higher Education Studies at the Institute of Education, University of London. He also writes on educational issues for The Guardian.
- Doctor of Laws (University of Bath, 1992)
- Doctor of Letters (Council for National Academic Awards, at its last awards ceremony)
- Doctor of Philosophy (Anglia Polytechnic University, now Anglia Ruskin University)
- Doctor of Letters (Grand Valley State University, Grand Rapids, Michigan USA)
- George, Martin (2 June 2010). "Sir Peter Scott to retire from Kingston University six months early". Kingston Guardian
- "Birthdays". The Guardian (Guardian Media). 1 Aug 2014. p. 41.
- Higher Education Policy Institute. Professor Sir Peter Scott
- Anglia Ruskin University (1998). Citation: Professor Sir Peter Scott Honorary Doctor of Philosophy, 1998
- "Ex-editor to take over at Kingston", Times Higher Education, 21 February 1997
- Kingston University, Office of the Vice-Chancellor
- "Ed-editor to take over at Kingston", Times Higher Education, 21 February 1997
- John Gill, "Move over dons, administrators now rule, says v-c", Times Higher Education, 9 April 2009
- Melanie Newman, "Not in my name: VC loses fight for his domain", Times Higher Education, 14 May 2009
- WIPO Arbitration and Mediation Center (1 May 2009). Administrative Panel Decision, Sir Peter Scott v. Dr. Howard Fredrics, Case No. D2009-0276
- Melanie Newman, "Academic to argue that conviction was unlawful". Times Higher Education, 9 March 2010
- Melanie Newman, "Fresh twist in Fredrics v Scott case", Times Higher Education, 26 April 2010
- "Fredrics cleared of harassment charge", Times Higher Education, 23 July 2010
- Sarah Cunane, "Disgruntled ex-lecturer and his muse show stomach for a fight", Times Higher Education, 3 May 2012
- Simon Baker, "Kingston v-c to step down in December", Times Higher Education, 28 May 2010
- The Guardian. Profile: Peter Scott
- "New year honours awards handed to special people", Wimbledon Guardian, 4 January 2007
- Academia Europaea profile
- Debrett's entry
- University of Bath. Honorary Graduates 1989 to present