Professor Sir Robert Burgess joined the Board as Chair on 23rd February 2012.
Professor Sir Robert is Vice-Chancellor of the University of Leicester, and has published widely in the social sciences, especially on social research methodology and sociological studies of schools and higher education institutions. He was awarded a Knighthood in 2010 for services to Higher Education locally and nationally.
Professor Sir Robert is Chair of the Higher Education Academy, the UUK/Guild HE Teacher Education Advisory Group and the Learning Records Service HE Group. He is currently Chairing the UUK/Guild HE Implementation Group on the Higher Education Achievement Report and Degree Classifications on which he has produced three reports. He is also an Academician of the Academy of the Social Sciences.
Professor Sir Robert has also held national roles including: President of the British Sociological Association, President of the Association for the Teaching of the Social Sciences and Founding Chair of the UK Council for Graduate Education. He has been a member of the Council of the Economic and Social Research Council and a member of the British Library Board. He has been Chair of the Postgraduate Training Board of the Economic and Social Research Council and Chair of the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) and the Research Information Network. He has also been Chair of the East Midlands Universities Association and Honorary Secretary of the Society for Research in Higher Education.