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Durham University

About Durham University

Professor Alan Houston, Vice-Provost (Education)


The Vice-Provost (Education) is responsible for the delivery of the University’s Education Strategy, which aims to deliver a premium educational experience for all students that meets diverse needs and ensures future success.

Professional background and expertise

Alan joined Durham University in January 2017 from the University of California, San Diego, USA, where he most recently served as Senior Director, International Initiatives. He previously served as Director, Academic Strategic Initiatives; Interim Vice-Chancellor, Student Affairs; Provost of Eleanor Roosevelt College and Director of Graduate Studies in Political Science.

Alan is an award-winning historian of political thought, specialising in early-modern Britain and America.

Education and qualifications

Alan holds an undergraduate degree in Mathematics and Political Philosophy from Oberlin College, Ohio, and a Master’s degree and a PhD in Government from Harvard University.

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