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Past presidents

A history of Universities UK Presidents from 1918 to present​​

2015 - 2017: Professor Dame Julia Goodfellow, University of Kent

2013 - 2015: Professor Sir Christopher Snowden, University of Surrey

2011 - 2013: Professor Sir Eric Thomas, University of Bristol

2009 - 2011: Professor Sir Steve Smith, University of Exeter

2007 - 2009: Professor Sir Rick Trainor, King's College, London

2005 - 2007: ​Professor Sir Drummond Bone, University of Liverpool

2003 - 2005: Professor Sir Ivor Crewe, University of Essex

2001 - 2003: Professor Sir Roderick Floud, London Guildhall University

1999 - 2001: Professor Sir Howard Newby, University of Southampton

1997 - 1999: Professor Sir Martin Harris, The University of Manchester

1995 - 1997: Professor Sir Gareth G Roberts, University of Sheffield

1993 - 1995: Dr Kenneth J R Edwards, University of Leicester

1991 - 1993: Sir David Harrison, University of Exeter

1989 - 1991: Sir Edward Parkes, University of Leeds

1987 - 1989: Sir Mark Richmond, University of Manchester

1985 - 1987: Sir Maurice Shock, University of Leicester

1983 - 1985: Lord Flowers, University of London

1981 - 1983: Sir Albert E Sloman, University of Essex

1979 - 1981: Sir Alec Merrison, University of Bristol

1977 - 1979: Rt. Hon. Lord Boyle of Handsworth, University of Leeds

1976 - 1977: Sir John Habukkuk, University of Oxford

1974 - 1976: Professor Sir Arthur L Armitage, University of Manchester

1972 - 1974: Professor Sir Hugh N Robson, University of Sheffield

1970 - 1972: Sir Fraser Noble, The University, Leicester

1967 - 1970: Sir Derman Christopherson, University of Durham

1964 - 1967: Sir Charles Wilson, University of Glasgow

1961 - 1964: Professor Sir William Mansfield Cooper, University of Manchester

1958 - 1961: Sir Robert Aitken, University of Birmingham

1955 - 1958: Sir Philip Morris, University of Bristol

1952 - 1955: Sir Charles Morris, University of Leeds

1949 - 1952: Sir Hector Hetherington (May to September​ 1949 Acting Chairman)

1948 - 1949 (May): Sir James Mountford, University of Liverpool

1947 - 1948: Professor Sir David Hughes Parry, University of London

1943 - 1947: Sir Hector Hetherington, University of Glasgow

1938 - 1943: Sir Franklin Sibly, University of Reading

1935 - 1938: Dr Thomas Loveday, University of Bristol

1929 - 1935: Sir Charles Grant Robertson, University of Birmingham

1918 - 1929: Sir Donald MacAlister, University of Glasgow​​

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