Deian Hopkin

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Deian Hopkin
Vice-Chancellor of the
London South Bank University
In office
Succeeded byProfessor Martin Earwicker
Personal details
Born (1944-03-01) 1 March 1944 (age 75)
Llanelli, Wales
ResidenceLondon, England
Alma materAberystwyth University

Sir Deian Rhys Hopkin (born 1 March 1944) is an academic and former Vice Chancellor. Since 2012, he has served Expert Adviser to the First Minister of Wales for the Centenary of the First World War.[1] Hopkin was from 2001 until 2009 Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive of London South Bank University, England. From 2011 to 2015, he was President of the National Library of Wales.[2] He is an historian, originally from Wales and a fluent Welsh speaker.

Early life and education[edit]

Born and educated in Llanelli, Deian Hopkin attended the first Welsh-medium school to be established by a local authority, followed by a scholarship to Llandovery College. He graduated in history at the University of Wales, Aberystwyth[3] where he also completed his PhD.


After a brief period at Queen Mary College, London, he returned to the Department of History at Aberystwyth where he taught for 24 years and became Head of Department. For most of that time, he was also a tutor at the Open University and was seconded to the OU to develop new courses. In 1991, he was appointed Dean of Human Sciences at City of London Polytechnic, which became, in 1992, London Guildhall University (now London Metropolitan University). He was promoted to Vice-Provost in 1996.

Hopkin has been actively involved in educational policy and, in particular, the skills agenda of the UK over a number of years. He is a Council member of the City and Guilds of London Institute,[4] and the Campaign for Learning.[5] He is a Patron of Hillcroft College for Women and was previously chairman-Emeritus of the University Centre, Jersey; Highlands College. He was co-chair of the HE Progression Board for the Department for Children, Schools and Families[6] and HE Champion for the 14–19 Diploma.[7] He is a trustee of the Council for At-Risk Academics (formerly CARA) of which he was vice-chairman and was until 2009 Chairman of the UNIAID Foundation, the national charity supporting students in financial difficulty which has now merged with the Brightside Trust.[8]

Hopkin has published on Labour and press history and on the use of computers in history, and was co-founder of the Association for History and Computing and founding editor of Llafur, The Journal of Welsh People's History, of which he is now a Vice-President.[9] He is a member of the Higher Education Commission.[10] He was a Trustee of the Institute of Historical Research Development Trust, University of London, and was a member of the Editorial Advisory Board of Times Higher Education. He has extensive broadcasting experience and was a member of the BBC General Advisory Council.

Hopkin is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and the Royal Society of Arts and is a Freeman of the City of London, and a Liveryman and Trustee of the Worshipful Company of Educators. He has been elected an Honorary Fellow of the University of Wales, Aberystwyth and of the University of Wales Trinity Saint David, has an Honorary D.Litt from Glamorgan University,[11] an Honorary LL.D from McGill University, Montreal, Canada[12] and an Honorary D.Univ from the Open University.[13] In November 2017 he was awarded an Honorary D.Litt by the University of London.[14] He is also an Honorary Fellow of the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers and has been awarded a Fellowship of the City and Guilds of London Institute.[4] He was knighted in the 2009 Birthday Honours.[15]

In 2009, Hopkin was appointed interim Vice-Chancellor of the University of East London and in 2010 was appointed interim Chair of the Student Loans Company.[16] In 2017, Hopkin was awarded Doctor of Letters from the University of London.

Selected publications[edit]

  • Denley, Peter, Deian Hopkin. History and Computing. Manchester: Manchester University Press, 1987. ISBN 0719024846
  • Hopkin, Deian, Tanner, Duncan and Williams, Chris. The Labour Party in Wales: 1900-2000. Cardiff: University of Wales Press, 2001. ISBN 0708317197
  • Hopkin, Deian. The role of universities in the modern economy = Swyddogaeth prifysgolion yn yr economi fodern. Cardiff: Welsh Academic Press, 2002. ISBN 1860570763


  1. ^ "Expert advisor appointed to help Wales remember the First World War". Archived from the original on 3 September 2014.
  2. ^ "New President of the National Library of Wales appointed". National Library of Wales. 3 November 2011. Archived from the original on 7 May 2012. Retrieved 21 February 2012.
  3. ^ "Aberystwyth University – Home". Retrieved 21 February 2012.
  4. ^ a b "The Council". City and Guilds of London Institute. Archived from the original on 29 July 2012. Retrieved 2 October 2013.
  5. ^ "Trustees". Campaign for Learning. Archived from the original on 31 December 2016. Retrieved 31 July 2016.
  6. ^ "HE Engagement Progression Board Members at April 2010". Department for Children, Schools and Families. Archived from the original on 10 September 2010.
  7. ^ "Diploma champions to drive forward reform of the 14 -19 agenda". Government Office for the South West. 12 December 2006. Archived from the original on 9 August 2009.
  8. ^ "Professor Deian Hopkin (Chairman)". UNIAID. Archived from the original on 15 August 2007.
  9. ^ "About Us". Llafur. Archived from the original on 25 February 2012. Retrieved 2 October 2012.
  10. ^ "People". UK. Retrieved 11 January 2017.
  11. ^ "Honorary Awards 2008". University of Glamorgan. Retrieved 21 February 2012.
  12. ^ "Leading British educator, lifelong learner admires McGill" (PDF). The Bridge: 1. Spring 2010. Archived from the original (PDF) on 19 October 2012.
  13. ^ "Gradd arall i Syr Deian Hopkin". Newyddion (in Welsh). BBC. 12 May 2012.
  14. ^ "university-london-confers-highest-honours-exceptional-individuals". University of London. 27 November 2017.
  15. ^ "No. 59090". The London Gazette (Supplement). 13 June 2009. p. 1.
  16. ^ Newman, Melanie (25 September 2009). "Once more unto the breach..." Times Higher Education. Retrieved 21 February 2012.

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Academic offices
Preceded by
Gerald Bernbaum
Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive of London South Bank University
Succeeded by
Martin John Earwicker