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Professor Antony Long

Antony first joined Council as a staff member in 2004, serving for 9 years before rejoining as an ex-officio member in his current capacity as Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Provost. He is a member of the Finance Committee, and has previously been Chair of St Hild and St Bede College Council.

Antony is Professor of Geography. He obtained a BA Honours degree in Geography from Durham in 1988 followed by a PhD in 1991.

Antony began his career as Research Assistant in the Department of Geography in 1991 before moving to the University of Southampton for his first Lectureship appointment. He returned to Durham in 1996 as Lecturer, was appointed Reader in 2000 and Professor in 2004. He has served as Head of the Department of Geography on two occasions.

In 2016 Antony was appointed Deputy Vice Chancellor and Provost. He currently leads work in the area of academic planning and faculty affairs, working closely with Department Heads, Institute Directors and the Pro-Vice-Chancellors to build strong and diverse academic units across the University. As the University’s chief academic officer (Provost), Antony plays a key role in supporting the delivery of the University’s new Academic Strategy (2017-27), working closely with Jane Robinson, the Chief Operating Officer, and other members of the senior team. He is also working with the Associate Provost, Professor Emma Flynn, to deliver a step change in the University’s performance in the areas of diversity, equity and inclusion.

Antony is a Quaternary scientist interested in reconstructing environmental change during the last 2.5 million years. He is known for his research into past sea-level and coastal change and for his contribution to the understanding of the evolution of the Greenland ice sheet in response to climate change.