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					Professor Ian Diamond FBA FRSE AcSS
Professor Ian Diamond was appointed Principal and Vice-Chancellor on 1 April 2010. He was previously
Chief Executive of the Economic and Social Research Council. He was also Chair of the Research
Councils UK Executive Group (2004-2009) the umbrella body that represents all seven UK Research
Councils. Before joining the ESRC Professor Diamond was Deputy Vice-Chancellor at the University of

Professor Diamond graduated in 1975 with a BSc (Econ) Honours from the London School of Economics
and Political Science (LSE) followed in 1976 with an MSc Statistics also from the LSE. He then received
his PhD in Statistics from the University of St Andrews in 1981. He began his academic career at Heriot
Watt University in 1979 before joining the University of Southampton in 1980 where he was a lecturer,
senior lecturer and Professor before being appointed Dean of Social Sciences in 1997 and then Deputy
Vice-Chancellor in 2001.

A social statistician, Professor Diamond's work has crossed many disciplinary boundaries, most notably
working in the area of population but also in health, both in the developed and less developed world, in
environmental noise and with local authorities. His research has involved collaboration with many
government departments including the Office for National Statistics, the Department for International
Development, the Department of Transport and the Department for Work and Pensions.

Professor Diamond is Chair of the Lloyds TSB Foundation for England and Wales and a trustee of the
World Wildlife Fund UK. He is a member of the Universities UK Research Policy Committee, Chair of the
Universities UK Group on Efficiency, a member of the Scottish Science Advisory Council and a Board
Member of the British Universities and Colleges Sport organisation. Professor Diamond was elected to
the UK Academy of Social Sciences in 1999, is a Fellow of the British Academy (2005), a Fellow of the
Royal Society of Edinburgh (2009) and holds honorary degrees from the universities of Cardiff and

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