Professor Sir Timothy O’Shea

Former Principal and Vice Chancellor of the University of Edinburgh


Professor Sir Timothy O’Shea became Principal of the University of Edinburgh in 2002. A computer scientist, he is a graduate of the Universities of Sussex and Leeds. In his early career he was a Research Fellow at the University of Edinburgh and has worked in the United States and for the Open University where he was appointed Pro-Vice-Chancellor in 1993. He was elected Master of Birkbeck in 1997 and subsequently appointed Provost of Gresham College and Pro-Vice-Chancellor of the University of London, holding the three posts concurrently until returning to Edinburgh as Principal.

Professor O’Shea is Chair of the Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC) and Chair of the Board of Directors of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. His fellowships are from Birkbeck, the University of the Highlands and Islands Millennium Institute, the European Co-ordinating Committee on Artificial Intelligence and the Royal Society of Edinburgh. He holds an honorary degree from Heriot-Watt University, University of Strathclyde and McGill University.

Professor O’Shea was awarded a knighthood in the Queen’s 2008 New Year Honours in recognition of his services to higher education.

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