Professor Paul O'Prey CBE


Professor Paul O'Prey CBE took up his post as Vice-Chancellor of the University of Roehampton in 2004. He was formerly Director of Academic Affairs at the University of Bristol, and played a major role in the development and implementation of academic strategy at Bristol, in both research and education.

Professor Paul O'Prey CBE

His publications include several books and articles on writers of the nineteenth and twentieth century, notably Graham Greene and Robert Graves and his circle, as well as translations of Spanish literature. He translated with Lucia Graves the first English translation of the Spanish nineteenth century classic novel, The House of Ulloa by Emilia Pardo Bazan, for Penguin Classics. First World War, Poems from the Front was published by the Imperial War Museum in 2014 to mark the centenary of the war. He has edited the poems of American suffragette Mary Borden and of British war poet Lawrence Binyon.

Professor O'Prey was awarded Commander of the British Empire in the Queen's Birthday Honours list 2016 for his services to higher education and the literary history of the First World War. He also holds honorary doctorates from the University of Bristol and Manhattanville College, New York.

External appointments

Member, Universities UK (UUK) Board
Chair of the UUK Longer Term Strategy Group;
Sport England Higher Education Stakeholder Group;
Chair of Editorial Board of Despatches, journal of the Imperial War Museum;
Trustee, the Edward James Foundation;
Trustee, the Froebel Trust.

Previous appointments

Higher Education Careers Services Unit Board (2006–13);
Higher Education Funding Council for England Strategic Advisory Committee on Leadership Governance and Management (2005–11);
London Higher Board (2006–09);
President of the War Poets Association (2007–13).