Keith Robbins

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Keith Gilbert Robbins FRSE FRHistS FLSW (born 9 April 1940) is a historian and former Vice-Chancellor of the University of Wales, Lampeter. Robbins was educated at Bristol Grammar School, and Magdalen and St Antony’s Colleges, Oxford.[1]

His academic career began in 1963 as Assistant Lecturer in History at the University of York where he subsequently became Lecturer. He moved to the University College of North Wales, Bangor, in 1971, as Professor of History and was later appointed Dean of the Faculty of Arts. In 1980 he moved to the University of Glasgow as Professor of Modern History.[2]

His final academic post was as Vice-Chancellor of the University of Wales, Lampeter, between 1992 until 2003, when he was succeeded by Professor Robert A Pearce. During his time as Vice-Chancellor at Lampeter, he also served as Senior Vice-Chancellor of the federal University of Wales between 1995 and 2001.[3] He was also a Welsh Supernumerary Fellow of Jesus College, Oxford, for the academic years 1996/7 and 2002/3.

In 2005 the University of Wales awarded Robbins an honorary degree of DLitt in recognition of his years of service to University of Wales institutions and the field of history.

He is also a Founding Fellow of the Learned Society of Wales and is a Member of its inaugural Council.

Robbins's works[edit]

  • Munich 1938 (London, 1968)
  • Sir Edward Grey. A Biography of Lord Grey of Fallodon (London, 1971)
  • The World Since 1945: A Concise History (Oxford, 2002) ISBN 978-0192803146

Academic offices
Preceded by
Brian Robert Morris
Principal of St David's University College
Succeeded by
Position Discontinued
Preceded by
New Position
Vice-Chancellor of the University of Wales, Lampeter
Succeeded by
Robert A Pearce


  1. ^ Who's Who 2008, p. 1965
  2. ^ Who's Who 2008, p. 1965
  3. ^ Who's Who 2008, p. 1965