Sir Drummond Bone
Master of Balliol College and Pro-Vice-Chancellor, University of Oxford
Sir Drummond Bone speaks at Oxford T-Talks. He talks about how poetry can inspire young people to achieve their aims and dreams in life. He graduated from Glasgow University and was a Snell Exhibitioner at Balliol from 1968 to 1972. He became Professor of English Literature and Dean of the Faculty of Arts at the University of Glasgow, Principal of Royal Holloway and Bedford New College in the University of London, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Liverpool, and President of Universities UK. He has been Master of Balliol since 2011. In Trinity Term 2016 he was appointed a Pro-Vice-Chancellor of Oxford University.
He is an acknowledged expert on the poetry of Byron and is President of the Scottish Byron Society. He was a long-time member of the Steering Group of the Council for College and University English, a Fellow of the English Association, and an elected Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts, as well as being a member of the CBI Science and Innovation Committee and chair of the Northern Way’s Industry and Innovation Group. In 2008 he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh. Professor Bone was knighted in the 2008 Birthday Honours for services to Higher Education and the regeneration of the North-West. He has been Chairman of the Arts and Humanities Research Council since 2014.
It was during his time as Vice-Chancellor of the University of Liverpool that he co-founded Xi’an Jiaotong Liverpool University (XJTLU) in China with Professor Youmin Xi.