Professor Peter Scott
, Vice-Chancellor of Kingston University and President of the Academic Cooperation Association (ACA), has been honoured with the title "sir"
in recognition of his contribution to higher education both in the UK and at the international level. A special investiture ceremony for the honour is due to take place at Buckingham Palace later this year.
Educated at Oxford University and at the University of California at Berkeley, Professor Scott has an admirable professional background
. Along with his ACA presidency, he leads the Universities Association for Lifelong Learning. Since January 1998, he has been Vice-Chancellor of Kingston University. Prior to this he was Pro Vice-Chancellor for External Affairs at the University of Leeds, as well as a Professor of Education and the Director of the Centre for Policy Studies in Education. Before going to Leeds in 1992, he was editor of the Times Higher Education Supplement
for sixteen years. Professor Scott was a member of the board of the Higher Education Funding Council for England from 2000 until 2006 and chaired its Quality Assurance Learning and Teaching strategic committee.
Prof. Scott’s research interests
include governance and management of universities and colleges, non-standard access to higher education and the links between further and higher education. Among his publications are The Meanings of Mass Higher Education
(1995), Governing Universities
(1996), The Globalisation of Higher Education
(1998), Higher Education Re-formed
(2000), University Leadership: The Role of the Chief Executive
(2000), Ten Years On: Higher Education in Central and Eastern Europe
(2000) and Re-Thinking Science: Knowledge Production in an Age of Uncertainties
Professor Scott’s work for the academic sector has been awarded with Honorary Doctorates
from the University of Bath, the University of Manchester’s Institute of Science and Technology, the former Council for National Academic Awards, Anglia Polytechnic University and Grand Valley State University. He is also a Member of the Academia Europaea and belongs to the Academy of Learned Societies for the Social Sciences.