Drummond Bone

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Sir Drummond Bone
Master of Balliol College, Oxford
Assumed office
October 2011
Preceded by Andrew Graham
Principal of Royal Holloway, University of London
In office
Preceded by Professor Norman Gowar
Succeeded by Professor Stephen Hill
Vice-Chancellor of the
University of Liverpool
In office
Chancellor The Lord Owen
Succeeded by Sir Howard Newby
President of Universities UK
In office
Preceded by Professor Sir Ivor Crewe
(University of Essex)
Succeeded by Professor Sir Rick Trainor
(King's College London)
Personal details
Born (1947-07-11) 11 July 1947 (age 70)
Ayrshire, Scotland
Spouse(s) Vivian
Alma mater University of Glasgow;
Balliol College, Oxford
Profession Byronist

Sir James Drummond Bone, FRSE, FRSA (born 11 July 1947), is a Byron scholar and current Master of Balliol College at the University of Oxford. He previously served as Vice-Chancellor of the University of Liverpool from 2002 to 2008, and Principal of Royal Holloway, University of London, from 2000 to 2002.


Bone attended Ayr Academy, a non-denominational secondary school, followed by the University of Glasgow, where he obtained an MA in 1968 and won a Snell Exhibition to study at Balliol College, Oxford from 1968 to 1972.[1]


Bone is a specialist on the works of Romantic poet Lord Byron, and on leaving Oxford in 1972 became lecturer in English and Comparative Literature at the University of Warwick. He returned to the University of Glasgow in 1980 as a lecturer in English Literature, becoming a Senior Lecturer in 1989 and titular Professor in 1995.[1] From 1991 to 1995, he was Dean of the Faculty of Arts, and in 1995 became Vice-Principal.

In 2000, he left Glasgow to become Principal of Royal Holloway, University of London, and Pro-Vice-Chancellor of the University of London, and in 2002 became Vice Chancellor of the University of Liverpool. Although head of the university, he continued to teach an undergraduate class on Byron, and was also chairman of the Liverpool Culture Company, directing the city's preparations to be European Capital of Culture in 2008. He also served as President of Universities UK, a committee of university heads, from 2005 to 2007.[2] He retired from Liverpool in 2008, and from October 2011 became Master of Balliol College, Oxford.[3]

He is an acknowledged expert on Lord Byron's work and is Vice-President of the Byron Society. He was editor of The Byron Journal from 1978 to 1988 and has been co-editor of journal Romanticism since 1995.[4] He is a member of the Steering Group of the Council for College and University English, a Fellow of the English Association, and an elected Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts (1995) and of the Royal Society of Edinburgh (2008).[4]


Professor Bone was knighted in the 2008 Birthday Honours for services to Higher Education and the regeneration of the North-West. He also received honorary degrees of Doctor of Letters (DLitt) from the Universities of Liverpool (2008), Lancaster (2008) and Chester (2009), and Doctor of the University (DUniv) from the University of Glasgow (2010).[4] Bone is also a Maserati enthusiast,[5] and was made a Freeman of the Worshipful Company of Coachmakers and Coach Harness Makers, a Livery Company promoting the automobile industry.[4]



  1. ^ a b "Biography of Drummond Bone". University of Glasgow. 31 July 2008. Retrieved 25 June 2011. 
  2. ^ "Professor James Drummond Bone". Joint Information Systems Committee. Retrieved 25 June 2011. 
  3. ^ "Election of New Master". Balliol College, Oxford. 18 March 2011. Retrieved 25 June 2011. 
  4. ^ a b c d "Professor Sir (James) Drummond Bone". Debretts. Retrieved 25 June 2011. 
  5. ^ "Drummond Bone: Bigger than the Beatles". The Guardian. 13 September 2005. Retrieved 25 June 2011. 

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Academic offices
Preceded by
Professor Norman Gowar
Royal Holloway, University of London

Succeeded by
Professor Stephen Hill
Preceded by
Professor Philip Love
Vice-Chancellor of the University of Liverpool
Succeeded by
Sir Howard Joseph Newby
Preceded by
Andrew Graham
Master of Balliol College, Oxford
Succeeded by