Vice-Chancellor Professor Dominic Shellard
"De Montfort University is an organisation that is innovative, ambitious and outward-facing and I am very proud to be its Vice-Chancellor."
Professor Dominic Shellard joined De Montfort University (DMU) in June 2010 as Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive and has overseen the beginning of a new era of vibrancy and confidence at the university, alongside a rapidly growing reputation both in the UK and overseas for quality and distinctiveness.
Dominic has placed an emphasis on building relationships with leaders in business and culture and, in the last year alone, DMU has signed new collaboration agreements with a range of partners, from Leicester’s Curve theatre and Leicester City Football Club, to the British Library and Hewlett Packard (HP). A key focus of the university’s sector leading work with HP will be to shape brand new degrees which prioritise student preparation for the world of work.
2011 has seen the launch of Dominic’s unique Square Mile project – the first of its kind in the UK – through which the lives of residents in an area of inner city Leicester are being transformed using the skills and expertise of the university – an embodiment of Dominic’s belief that universities are, and should continue to be, a public good.
An expert on post-war British theatre, he was educated at Dulwich College and St Peter's College, Oxford, where he read English and German. He went on to gain a DPhil in English literature, investigating the theatre criticism of Harold Hobson.
He began his academic career as a Lecturer in English at the University of Salford, before joining the Department of English Literature at the University of Sheffield in 1996, receiving a personal chair in 2003. The following year, he was appointed Head of the School of English Literature, Language and Linguistics.
In 2008, Dominic became a Pro Vice-Chancellor with particular responsibility for external relations, alumni relations, international student recruitment, knowledge transfer and exchange, student fees and numbers, the university's estate and corporate responsibility.
An author of nine books, he is the leader of the British Library Theatre Archive Project, and continues to conduct research into post-war theatre, undertake economic impact studies of UK and European theatres, and supervise PhD students.
On a personal level, Dominic is a passionate supporter of Queens Park Rangers Football Club and an avid user of Twitter, possibly the country’s most dedicated tweeting VC!
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