Professor Robert Allison


  • Vice-Chancellor and President of Loughborough University

The Vice-Chancellor and President is the principal academic and administrative officer of the University and is also chair of Senate. Professor Robert Allison became Vice-Chancellor and President of Loughborough University in September 2012. Previously he was Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research at Sussex University.

Professor Allison was educated at Northallerton Grammar School, before studying Geography at Hull University, gaining a B.A. in 1982. He was awarded a Ph.D. in Geography from King’s College, University of London in 1986.

Professor Allison has contributed to a number of organisations including the Natural Environment Research Council, Higher Education Funding Council for England and the Department for Business Innovation and Skills.

He also sits on the Board of Midlands Innovation, a partnership between the Universities of Aston, Birmingham, Cranfield, Keele, Leicester, Loughborough, Nottingham and Warwick.

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.

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.‌

In 2021, Professor Allison was awarded CBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honour’s List, for his services to education and to supporting young people’s talent, equality and achievement.

  • The Vice-Chancellor is the academic and executive head for the University.

  • The Vice-Chancellor is responsible for the delivery of the strategic and operational plans that have been agreed by our governing body, the University Council.

  • The Vice-Chancellor works closely with the Academic Leadership Team (ALT), who support the work of all aspects of the University.

  • The Vice-Chancellor has special responsibilities 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.