London - 20 October, 2016 - For his services to higher education and his literary history of the First World War, Professor Paul O’Prey, Vice-Chancellor at the University of Roehampton, London, has been appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire in the Queen’s 90th Birthday Honours list.
Under Professor O’Prey’s leadership, the University of Roehampton has transformed into London’s best and most research-intensive modern university in the country. During his 12 years at the University, the diversity of the student population has grown substantially, and Roehampton has built a reputation for combining widening participation and high achievement.
“Going to university from a working-class background changed my life, and I am very proud that today Roehampton is at the forefront of providing life-changing opportunities to very talented young people from the widest possible range of backgrounds and traditions. I am extremely proud of our academic strengths and of the commitment to openness and inclusion that continues to be at the heart of our mission,” says Paul O’Prey.
Professor O’Prey studied at Oxford and gained his PhD from Bristol in 1993. He spent 16 years at the University of Bristol before joining the University of Roehampton in 2004. He is the author of a number of books and articles on nineteenth- and twentieth-century writers, most notably Robert Graves and the poets of the First World War. He is a member of the Board of Universities UK (UUK) and Chair of UUK’s Longer Term Strategy Group, as well as a Trustee of the Edward James Foundation and of the Froebel Trust.
The University of Roehampton is celebrating 175 years since the founding of its oldest college this year.