Professor David Shepherd

Professor David Shepherd

Deputy Vice-Chancellor

David supports the Vice-Chancellor in the leadership, management and day-to-day operation of the University, with lead responsibility for the University’s overall academic strategy. He also has formal line management of Deans and Pro Vice-Chancellors, and of Information Technology and International Partnerships and Development.

David joined Christ Church in June 2016, after seven years at Keele University, where he was Dean of Humanities and Social Sciences, leading the University’s largest and most complex faculty to strong performances in REF and the National Student Survey, underpinned by sustainable finances and a focused academic portfolio. As Pro Vice-Chancellor for Library and Information Strategy, he oversaw major enhancements to the student experience through improvement of Keele’s library services and IT environment. He also played a leading role in the development of Keele’s international strategy and partnerships.

David has held a range of national roles. A former President of the British Association for Slavonic and East European Studies, he was a member of the national Research Assessment Exercise panel for Russian, Slavonic and Eastern European Languages in 2008, and served in the same capacity for Modern Languages for the 2014 Research Excellence Framework. He was a member of the Arts and Humanities Research Council Peer Review College from 2005 to 2014. Between 2010 and 2012 David also chaired steering groups of research data management projects funded by the Higher Education Funding Council for England and the national Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC).

After taking his first degree at the University of Oxford, and spending a year at Harvard as a Kennedy Scholar, David completed his PhD at the University of Manchester, where he was a Lecturer from 1983 until his appointment in 1994 to a Chair of Russian at Sheffield University. A specialist in twentieth-century Russian culture and in critical and cultural theory, he has worked in particular on the Russian philosopher Mikhail Bakhtin and the Bakhtin Circle: at Sheffield he founded the internationally-renowned Bakhtin Centre. He has also conducted research in the digital humanities – the innovative use of advanced technologies for the conduct and dissemination of humanities research.

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