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Shearer West

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Shearer West
Vice-Chancellor of the University of Nottingham
Assumed office
October 2017
Preceded bySir David Greenaway
Personal details
Alma materUniversity of St Andrews
College of William and Mary
Salary£361,181 (2022–23)[1]
Academic background
ThesisThe theatrical portrait in eighteenth century London (1986)

Shearer Carroll West CBE is a British-American art-historian, academic and university administrator. West is currently the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Nottingham since October 2017 and formerly deputy vice-chancellor of the University of Sheffield.[2]

West was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2021 New Year Honours for services to education.

In 2024, West was announced as the new Vice-Chancellor of the University of Leeds.[3]

Biography and career[edit]

West holds an undergraduate degree in art history and English from the College of William & Mary, in Virginia, and a PhD in art history from the University of St Andrews.[4]

She was previously head of the Humanities Division at the University of Oxford, director of research at the Arts and Humanities Research Council, and head of the School of Historical Studies at the University of Birmingham.[5][6][7]

Selected publications[edit]

  • The Image of the Actor: Verbal and Visual Representation in the Age of Garrick and Kemble, Palgrave MacMillan, 1991. ISBN 0312057385
  • Fin De Siecle: Art and society in an age of uncertainty, The Overlook Press, 1994.
  • The visual arts in Germany 1897-1940: Utopia and Despair, Rutgers University Press, 2001. ISBN 0813529115
  • Portraiture, Oxford University Press, Oxford, 2004. (Oxford History of Art)


  1. ^ "Financial Statements for the Year to 31 July 2022" (PDF). University of Nottingham. p. 34. Retrieved 15 December 2023.
  2. ^ Cass, Liz (2017). "New Vice-Chancellor for Nottingham" (Press release). University of Nottingham.
  3. ^ "Vice-chancellor and President announced for the University of Leeds". University of Leeds. 25 June 2024. Retrieved 25 June 2024.
  4. ^ "Shearer West named as next Nottingham v-c". Times Higher Education. 22 May 2017. Retrieved 22 May 2017.
  5. ^ "University of Sheffield announces the appointment of new Deputy Vice-Chancellor - News releases - News - The University of Sheffield". University of Sheffield. 25 March 2015. Retrieved 16 October 2015.
  6. ^ "Oxford Alumni / Professor Shearer West". University of Oxford. Retrieved 16 October 2015.
  7. ^ "Professor Shearer West". Leadership Foundation for Higher Education. Retrieved 16 October 2015. [dead link]

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Academic offices
Preceded by Vice-Chancellor of the University of Nottingham
1 October 2017 – present
Succeeded by