Professor Stuart Croft next University of Warwick Vice-Chancellor and President

Professor Stuart Croft

Professor Stuart Croft

Professor Stuart Croft has been announced as the University of Warwick’s next Vice-Chancellor and President, to succeed Professor Sir Nigel Thrift in February 2016.

Professor Croft is currently Warwick's Provost, leading on the academic development of the University, including academic resourcing strategy and implementation, working with the Vice-Chancellor, Pro-Vice-Chancellors and with Chairs of Faculty in developing and supporting academic departments.

“It is an incredible honour to have been appointed Vice-Chancellor of a University as amazing as Warwick. When I applied to study here as a student, 35 years ago, the University was around a fifth the size it is now, having been in existence only 15 years. Now it is a University of 24,000 students, with an international reputation for its research quality and links between academia and industry. In the coming years, we will build on this to put ourselves at the global forefront of new insights into the practices of learning,” Professor Croft said.

Monash University Vice-Chancellor and President Professor Margaret Gardner AO extended her congratulations.

“On behalf of Monash University, I congratulate Professor Croft on his appointment as University of Warwick’s next Vice-Chancellor and President.

"I look forward to working together to further the Monash Warwick Alliance and both universities' global approach to education and research,” Professor Gardner said.

Professor Croft joined Warwick in January 2007 as Professor of International Security in the Department of Politics and International Studies (PaIS) and was appointed as Warwick’s Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research (Arts and Social Sciences) in 2011. Prior to that he was Professor of International Relations and Head of the School of Social Sciences at the University of Birmingham.

His research focuses on the political and societal impact of security policy and he has published and edited a number of key publications and journals in that field. He also directed the Science and Security Programme for the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC).

In 2006 he was elected as an Academician in the Academy of Social Sciences and, in the same year, as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. From January 2009 he was the Chair of the British International Studies Association, becoming President of the Association in 2011.

He was appointed to the Council of the ESRC in 2011 and in 2013 was the Ngee Ann Kongsi Professor of International Relations at the S.Rajaratnam School of International Studies, at NTU in Singapore.

Professor Croft will be Warwick’s sixth Vice-Chancellor and the first to be appointed from within Warwick’s academic leadership team. He is also the third senior Warwick academic in the past four years to be appointed as the head of a leading UK University.

The specifications for the next Vice-Chancellor and President was produced after extensive consultation within the University - involving students, academic and administrative staff, and Council members.

In line with the University’s statutes and ordinances, the Council decision was made on Monday 29 June 2015, following consultation with the University Senate, endorsing a recommendation by a Joint Committee of the Senate and the Council.

Formed in early 2012, the Monash Warwick Alliance represents an innovation in higher education and research and aims to accelerate the exchange of people, ideas and information between Monash University and the University of Warwick.