SOAS University of London

SOAS Director Appointed Deputy Vice-Chancellor of University of London

25 March 2010
Professor Paul Webley Outside SOAS

SOAS Director and Principal Professor Paul Webley has been appointed Deputy Vice-Chancellor of the University of London.  His appointment will begin on 20 April 2010 and run until 31 July 2013.

Professor Webley takes over his new role from Professor Geoffrey Crossick, Warden of Goldsmiths, University of London, who in turn has been appointed as Vice-Chancellor from September 2010.  The appointment of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor was made by the University’s Board of Trustees after consultation with the Vice-Chancellor.

The Vice-Chancellor, currently Sir Graeme Davies, is the principal officer of the University and is responsible to the Board of Trustees for the organisation and conduct of the business of the University. Professor Webley, in his role as Deputy Vice-Chancellor, will stand in for the Vice-Chancellor in his absence.  

Sir Graeme Davies, who is stepping down from the post after seven years, said: “The role of Deputy Vice-Chancellor is an important one and I wish Professor Webley every success in the role.  He assumes this responsibility at a very exciting time for the University, which is a robust, vibrant institution with a dedicated staff fully engaged in building its future as a federal University that is fit for purpose.”

Professor Paul Webley said: “I’m very privileged to accept this role at such an important time for both the University of London and SOAS as we plan for the future. The federal University plays a very important part in the life of the Colleges, and I’m keen to ensure that central institutions such as Senate House Library, the External system and the School of Advanced Study all continue to help students and staff of the Colleges to achieve their aims and objectives.”

Professor Paul Webley Outside SOAS


Professor Webley has been Director and Principal of SOAS since 2006.  Prior to this he was Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor at the University of Exeter where he was based for 26 years. At Exeter he held several senior positions including Head of the Department of Psychology, Head of the School of Psychology and, latterly Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor.

He is a member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Economic Psychology and former President of the International Association for Research in Economic Psychology.  His research has examined the contribution that psychology can make to our understanding of problems that have traditionally been seen as the concern solely of economics.

He has co-authored 10 books, contributed chapters to a further 65 and has written over 75 scholarly articles on a wide range of topics at the intersection of economics and psychology.

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