David Eastwood is Vice-Chancellor of the University of Birmingham.
Prior to taking up this post in April 2009, he spent three years as Chief Executive of HEFCE, four as Vice-Chancellor of the University of East Anglia in September 2002, and two as Chief Executive of the Arts & Humanities Research Board.
His research interests are in history, and he held a chair in Modern History at the University of Wales, Swansea, where he was also a Head of Department, Dean, and Pro-Vice-Chancellor. Whilst at Swansea he co-founded the National Centre for Public Policy.
He was Fellow and Senior Tutor of Pembroke College (1988-95), and is now an Honorary Fellow of St Peter’s College, Oxford, from where he graduated in 1980.
Professor Eastwood has served on numerous national bodies and committees, including membership of the Research Support Libraries Group 2002-03, the Roberts Review of the Research Assessment Exercise, the Tomlinson Group on 14-19 Education 2003-04, the Councils of the John Innes Centre and the Sainsbury Laboratory, and is chair of the QAA Steering Group for Benchmarking and a member of the QAA Board. He is also a Commissioner for the Marshall Aid Commemoration Commission, and chairs the Association of the Universities of the East of England. Professor Eastwood has been a member of the HEFCE Research Committee since 2003 and its since Chair 2005. He was also appointed to the HEFCE Board in 2005. Since 2005 he has chaired the 1994 Group of Research-Intensive Universities and University UK’s Longer Term Strategy Group. Since 1991 Professor Eastwood has been a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, serving as its Literary Director 1994-2000 and as chair of its Studies in History Board 2000-04.
Professor Eastwood is married with three children. He enjoys music, politics, walking, sport and good wine; and includes writing on football amongst his extensive list of publications.
Professor David Eastwood can be contacted via the University of Birmingham.