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Prof. Sir Deian Hopkin

Prof. Sir Deian Hopkin

Member, HE Commission
Former Vice Chancellor and former President, National Library of Wales

A historian by profession, Sir Deian worked in six universities over a 44-year career and was Vice Chancellor and Chief Executive of London South Bank University followed by a subsequent period as interim Vice Chancellor of the University of East London. Following his inquiry for the government into the Student Loans Company he was appointed its interim Chairman. He served as President of the National Library of Wales until 2016 and is currently Expert Adviser to the First Minister of Wales, Chair of Wales Remembers 1914-18 and member of the UK Centenary Board.  He was the founding Chairman of Cityside Regeneration, served on the Learning and Skills Council and the Health Sector Skills Council, chaired the Higher Education Progression Board at the DFES and served on the Court and Council of Essex University and the Corporations of Hackney and Lambeth FE Colleges. He is a trustee of the Council for Academic at Risk (CARA), the Campaign for Learning and the Worshipful Company of Educators Trust, serves on the City and Guilds Council and is a judge of the bi-annual Times Higher Awards. He is a Freeman of the City of London, Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and has received honorary degrees from six universities including London, McGill and the Open University. He was knighted for services to higher education and to skills in the UK in 2009 and from 2011 spent six years on the Cabinet Office Education Honours Committee.