Ian Diamond

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Ian Diamond
Former Principal and Vice Chancellor of
the University of Aberdeen
In office
1 April 2010 – 31 July 2018
Preceded by Sir Duncan Rice
Personal details
Born (1954-03-14) 14 March 1954 (age 64)
Kingskerswell, Devon
Spouse(s) Lady Diamond (Jane)
Residence Aberdeen
Alma mater London School of Economics
University of St Andrews
Profession Statistician

Sir Ian David Diamond, DL, FBA, FRSE, FAcSS (born 14 March 1954) is the former Principal and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Aberdeen. He is also a Policy Network Chair of Universities UK.[1]

Previous appointments include Chief Executive of the Economic and Social Research Council, Chair of the Research Councils UK Executive Group and Deputy Vice-Chancellor at the University of Southampton.[2] Chair of Lloyds Banking Group Foundation for England and Wales, Visiting Fellow at Nuffield College Oxford.[citation needed]

He is currently Chair of British Universities and Colleges Sport, Chair (Ex Officio) of the Mitchell Hospital Trust, Deputy Chair of UCAS and Interim Deputy Chair of the Department for International Development Research Advisory Group, 2017.[citation needed]

He is also Trustee of the Iona Cathedral Trust and the Population Investigation Committee.[citation needed]

He was knighted in the 2013 New Year Honours for services to social science and higher education. Sir Ian is also a qualified football referee and was appointed a Deputy Lieutenant of Aberdeen in 2013.[3]

In 2016 he led a review of University finance in Wales which was commissioned by the Welsh Assembly Government, which recommended that grants towards tuition fees should be replaced with support for living costs instead.[4]

He has authored or co-authored seven books and government reports, contributed to a further 34, and authored over 100 academic papers.

Early life and career[edit]

He was born Kingskerswell, Devon on 14 March 1954.[5] He is married to Jane.[6]

He obtained a BSc (Hons) degree in Economics in 1975 and an MSc degree in Statistics in 1976, both from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). In 1981, he received a PhD degree in Statistics from the University of St Andrews.[7]

In August 2017 he announced he would be retiring from his role as Principal of the University of Aberdeen.[8]

Honours and awards[edit]


  1. ^ "Universities UK - UK Board". Universities UK. Archived from the original on 16 July 2015. Retrieved 5 October 2015.
  2. ^ "Professor Ian Diamond FBA FRSE AcSS". University of Aberdeen. Retrieved 2011-09-04.
  3. ^ webmaster@aberdeencity.gov.uk, Aberdeen City Council, Continuous Improvement,. "Leading Aberdeen academic given new royal role". www.aberdeencity.gov.uk. Retrieved 2017-09-15.
  4. ^ Lewis, Bethan (2016-09-27). "Loans 'should replace' tuition fee grant". BBC News. Retrieved 2017-09-15.
  5. ^ "People of today: Ian Diamond". Debrett's. Retrieved 7 January 2015.
  6. ^ "University of Aberdeen principal to take on a monster challenge". Rail News. 3 September 2010. Retrieved 4 April 2014.
  7. ^ "Professor Sir Ian Diamond FBA FRSE AcSS". Scottish Science Advisory Council. Retrieved 7 January 2015.
  8. ^ "University of Aberdeen principal Sir Ian Diamond announces retirement". BBC News. 2017-08-24. Retrieved 2017-08-29.
  9. ^ "Award Criteria and Past Recipients: Clifford C. Clogg Award for Mid-Career Achievement". Population Association of America. Retrieved 7 January 2015.
  10. ^ "Honorary Fellows: previous recipients". University of Cardiff. Retrieved 7 January 2015.
  11. ^ "Honorary Degrees 2006". University of Glasgow. Retrieved 7 January 2015.
  12. ^ "No. 60367". The London Gazette (Supplement). 29 December 2012. p. 1.
  13. ^ "Edinburgh Gazette". Retrieved 10 December 2013.
Academic offices
Preceded by
Sir Duncan Rice
Vice-chancellor of the University of Aberdeen
April 2010–present
Succeeded by