Professor Sir Richard Trainor


Member of the Governing Body

Professor Sir Rick Trainor became Rector of Exeter College, Oxford in 2014, having for the previous ten years been Principal of King's College London, where he was also Professor of Social History and is now Professor Emeritus.

Born and raised in the USA, he graduated from Brown University before coming to Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar to read modern history at Merton College. Having completed a master’s degree at Princeton, he returned to Oxford where he became a research student at Nuffield, a junior research fellow at Wolfson and a lecturer at Balliol and took a D.Phil. For twenty-one years he was an academic at Glasgow University, where he was latterly professor and vice-principal.

Between 2000 and 2004 he was Vice Chancellor of the University of Greenwich. An expert on 19th and 20th century British elites, and a prominent advocate of innovative methods in university teaching, he served as President of Universities UK 2007-9 and was knighted for services to higher education in 2010.

He is President of the Economic History Society, a trustee of the Museum of London and a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences. He is delighted to have the opportunity to assist in the governance of the Academy, a truly outstanding institution.

Staff Finder