Professor Sir Rick Trainor

Rector [Head] of Exeter College and also a Pro-Vice-Chancellor

University of Oxford


Rick Trainor has been Rector [Head] of Exeter College, University of Oxford since 2014.  He is also a Pro-Vice-Chancellor of the University and former Chair (2017-19) of Oxford’s Conference of Colleges. During the period 2004-14 Rick was Principal and President of King’s College London. Between 2007 and 2009 he was also President of Universities UK, the organisation which represents the heads of all UK universities. Educated at Brown, Princeton and Oxford (where he was a Rhodes Scholar and took his doctorate), Rick has held appointments at the University of Glasgow (where he was professor of social history, dean and vice principal) and at the University of Greenwich (where he was vice chancellor). A Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences and President of the Economic History Society 2013-16, his published work is on the economic and social history of 19th and 20th century Britain, especially the middle class, its elites, and their involvement in universities. A dual citizen of the US and the UK, he was knighted in 2010 for services to higher education.  Rick is a governor of the Museum of London and of the Royal Academy of Music.

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