About the University

Who we are

Professor Robert Allison is Vice-Chancellor and President of Loughborough University.

As Vice-Chancellor, he leads the University and is responsible for the delivery of the strategy that has been agreed by Council, our governing body.

He is responsible for the advancement of the University, through the development of relationships with partners and supporters worldwide. He also has statutory reporting duties to the Higher Education Funding Council for England.

Professor Allison works closely with the Academic Leadership Team (ALT), who support the work of every aspect of the University both in the East Midlands and in London on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

Professor Allison has a strong presence around the University and is often seen out and about, meeting staff and students. He has a very hands-on approach to university life, showing his support at events and activities across campus. His positive attitude and dedication to the success of Loughborough has made him a well-respected and popular Vice Chancellor with students, staff, partners and the local community.


Professor Allison became Vice-Chancellor and President of Loughborough University in September 2012.

Prior to this he was Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research at Sussex University for six years. Other former posts include Dean of Social Sciences of Health and Head of the Department of Geography at Durham University.

During his career, Professor Allison has contributed to a number of organisations including the Leicester and Leicestershire Enterprise Partnership, National Centre for Universities and Business, Natural Environment Research Council, Higher Education Funding Council for England, Department for Business Innovation and Skills and Universities UK.

He has been a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society since 1990, serving on many committees and being elected Honorary Secretary from 1997 to 2000. He has also been Chair of the British Society for Geomorphology.


Starting his own education at Northallerton Grammar School, Professor Allison studied Geography at Hull University, gaining his BA in 1982. He was then awarded a PhD in Geography from King’s College, University of London in 1986.

Awards and recognition

Professor Allison is the recipient of a number of honours and awards for his research and teaching including the Cuthbert Peek Award from the Royal Geographical Society, Charles Lyell Award from the British Association for the Advancement of Science and the Jan De Ploey Prize from the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven.