Professor Michael Worton

Vice-Provost, University College London

Professor Michael Worton is Higher Education Advisor to the British Council and he has spoken widely throughout the world on the Internationalisation of HE and the purpose and responsibilities of universities in the 21st century. He was a founding member of the Arts and Humanities Research Board, later the Arts and Humanities Research Council, on which he served from 1998-2006, chairing several of its major committees. He is also a member of the Comité International de Consultation en Sciences Humaines et Sociales de l'ANR and of the Advisory Board for the Programme of Artistic Research of the Austrian Research Council (FWF). He has been a member of the ERIH Steering Committee since work began on the European Science Foundation's (ESF) European Reference Index for the Humanities (ERIH) project in 2002. In 2009, he undertook a personal review of language provision in higher education for HEFCE (Higher Education Funding Council for England) and the UK Government.

He is a Chevalier of the Legion d'Honneur, an Officier of the Ordre des Palmes Académiques and in 2009 was awarded the Medal of Honoured Worker in Higher Education by the Republic of Kazakhstan. He has published 11 books and nearly 80 articles and chapters in books.