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Dr David Ashton

As Deputy Principal (Operations), David is responsible for the day-to-day operation of the College and has a significant role in shaping long term institutional strategy.  He has overarching responsibility for the professional services, namely the following Directorates:

  • Academic Services (comprising Careers and Employability, Centre for the Development of Academic Skills, Centre for Educational Development, Library and Learning Resources, Student Administration, Student Services)
  • Research and Enterprise
  • Strategic Planning
  • Governance and Legal Services
  • Human Resources
  • Commercial Services
  • Estates
  • Information Technology
  • Marketing and Communications (including Student Recruitment)
  • Development and Alumni Relations

He is Chair of the College Change Programme Delivery Group, the Strategic Projects Committee, and the Student Recruitment Committee.  He also chairs a number of infrastructure and student-related project boards and working groups and the Runnymede Consultative Forum.

David joined Royal Holloway in September 2016, having spent six years at the University of Surrey, first as Vice-President (Administration) & Registrar and later Vice-Provost.  Earlier appointments include Registrar at Kingston University, London; Sub-Dean and Faculty Senior Tutor of the Faculty of Economic & Social Sciences at the University of Reading; Joint Sub-Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Humanities at Reading, and various roles at the University of Warwick. He has also worked in Japan. David’s early academic interests were in 16th Century political history, notably provincial administration in England and the Tudor system of justice.

David is a Trustee and non-executive Director of UCAS, link Trustee to the UCAS Consultative Council and Chair of the UCAS Audit Committee.  He is a member of the AHUA and a Fellow of the Royal Society for the Arts. Former non-executive posts include Vice-Chair of Council of West Thames College of Further and Higher Education, London; council member at Guildford Cathedral; governor at Guildford High School and governor at Guildford School of Acting Conservatoire.

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