Professor Colin Grant will join Queen Mary as the Vice-Principal (International) on Monday 16 April.
Prior to joining Queen Mary, Professor Grant was inaugural Vice President (International) at the University of Southampton, leading its International Strategy and developing its India and ASEAN sub-strategies. He was Chair of the Board of University of Southampton Malaysia Campus and Southampton Singapore Limited from 2016 until 2018. From 2008 to 2011 he was Chair of the Management Committee for the Surrey-DUFE International Institute in Dalian. He was first chair of the University Global Partnership Network (Surrey-University of São Paulo-North Carolina State University) and led the U4C partnership (Bath-Zhejiang-Stellenbosch-Campinas).
Professor Grant previously worked in a variety of international roles at other universities, as Pro-Vice-Chancellor (International) and Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Internationalisation) at the University of Surrey and the University of Bath respectively, leading research and policy partnerships in South Africa, Brazil, South Korea, USA, China and Jordan. Professor Grant studied applied languages, literature and European Studies at Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh and took his PhD in literature as a form of political communication at the University of Bath in 1993. He is a professor of human and political communication, with a focus on communication in unstable environments. He has published nine books within his field, and has worked as an academic in the UK, Germany and Brazil.
Professor Grant is a long-standing member of the UUK International Strategic Advisory Board, British Council Education Advisory Group, and Going Global Steering Committee, and was UUK lead for Latin America from 2014 to 2017, taking several national delegations to South America. He was elected Chair of the Russell Group International Forum in 2017.