Leverhulme Emeritus Fellowship
The University of Sheffield

Professor Paul White is a geographer specialising in demographic, social and urban issues. He was first appointed to a lectureship at the University of Sheffield, UK, in 1974 and promoted to Professor in 1997. He retired from his full-time role in 2016, but he now holds a Leverhulme Emeritus Fellowship at the University. He has held visiting positions and professorships at the Universities of Oxford, Paris I (Sorbonne), Zaragoza (Spain), and Cagliari (Italy). Between 2004 and 2015 he was a member of the executive board of the University of Sheffield, starting as Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Learning and Teaching and ending as Deputy Vice-Chancellor, and also served as Acting Vice-Chancellor of the University for several months.

Professor White's responsibilities on the Sheffield executive board covered all aspects of the educational mission of the University, including the programme journey (from programme creation through delivery to evaluation and quality control) and the parallel student journey (from recruitment and admissions through student support to graduation and careers guidance). He also led the University in quality reviews carried out by the Quality Assurance Agency and in professional accreditations by a wide range of bodies. In addition he continues to provide advice on quality assurance and quality enhancement issues to a number of universities in the UK, as well as in other countries. He was one of the team that led the University of Sheffield to being declared the Times Higher University of the Year in 2011-12.

In addition to his responsibilities in Sheffield, Professor White has also taken on a number of national roles in the UK. He spent three years as co-chair of the Higher Education Academy's Pro-Vice-Chancellor network, and also led the national project considering the introduction of Grade Point Averages in UK universities. He served for 6 years on the strategic advisory committee providing advice on teaching issues to the Higher Education Funding Council of England. And in 2011 he was elected as chair of the Russell Group's learning and teaching network. He has recently been trained as an assessor for the newly-introduced Teaching Excellence Framework, and he is involved in advising UK university governing bodies on new responsibilities they now hold for overseeing academic governance. In 2016 Professor White was awarded the OBE in the New Year's Honours list ‘for services to higher education’.