Sir Roderick Castle Floud FBA (born 1 April 1942) is an economic historian and was the Provost of Gresham College from 2008 to 2014 when he was succeeded by Sir Richard J. Evans. He is the son of Bernard Floud, M.P.
Educated at Brentwood School in Essex, Sir Roderick gained his B.A. and M.A. from the University of Oxford (where he was also Treasurer of the Oxford Union), attending Wadham College. He gained his Doctorate in 1966 from Nuffield College, Oxford.
Having been an assistant lecturer in Economic History at University College London, he became a Fellow, Tutor and Director Studies in History at Emmanuel College, Cambridge (1969–1975). Between 1975 and 1988 he was the Professor of Modern History at Birkbeck, University of London, with a year as the Krater Visiting Professor of European History and Visiting Professor of Economics at Stanford University (1980–1981).
He was the Provost of the London Guildhall University (then called the City of London Polytechnic) between 1988 and 2002. Following that, he was the first Vice-Chancellor of the London Metropolitan University after it was formed out of the merger of the London Guildhall University and the University of North London and attracted controversy over the destruction of a history of London Guildhall University that he had commissioned. In 2004 he moved to become the President of the London Metropolitan University, a position he held until March 2006. He was knighted in 2005.
He was the acting Dean of the School of Advanced Study at the University of London from 1 August 2007 to 30 September 2009. On 1 September 2008, he succeeded Lord Sutherland of Houndwood as the sixth Provost of Gresham College.
Sir Roderick Floud’s interest in part-time and mature students in higher education has been reflected in his participation in numerous boards and committees. These notably include: President of Universities UK (2001–2003), Vice-President of the European University Association (2005–2007), Chair of the Standing Committee for the Social Sciences at the European Science Foundation (2007–2013).
Other positions and fellowships
- Fellow of the Royal Historical Society
- Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts
- Fellow of the British Academy (elected 2002)
- Past Master of the Guild of Educators
- "Book pulped at London Met", Times Higher Education Supplement, 27 August 2004, http://www.timeshighereducation.co.uk/news/book-pulped-at-london-met/190892.article. Retrieved 24 October 2014.
- Article for the Guardian Newspaper upon appointment at Gresham College.
- News piece upon appointment as the Acting Dean of the School of Advanced Study.
- Article on European Universities and the state.