John Craven (economist)

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John Craven
1st Chair of University Alliance
In office
Preceded by Position established
Succeeded by Janet Beer
Vice-Chancellor of the University of Portsmouth
In office
1 January 1997 – 31 August 2013
Succeeded by Graham Galbraith
Personal details
Born (1949-06-17)17 June 1949
Nationality British
Alma mater King's College, Cambridge
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Profession Educator

John Anthony George Craven CBE (born 17 June 1949) is a British economist, a former Vice-Chancellor of the University of Portsmouth. In 2006, he founded the University Alliance, and served as its first chair until 2009.

Early life[edit]

John Craven was educated at Pinner County Grammar School, then King's College, Cambridge where he read Mathematics and Economics and then took up a Kennedy Scholarship to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.


He went to University of Kent at Canterbury where he spent 25 years, first as a member of the Economics Department and then in a variety of senior management roles. He was promoted to Reader in Economics in 1980 and Professor in 1986. In 1987 he was elected Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences; a position which he held for four years. He became Pro Vice-Chancellor in 1991 and Deputy Vice-Chancellor in 1993 when he had responsibility for planning and resource allocation.[1]

Vice-Chancellor of Portsmouth University[edit]

He was appointed as Vice-Chancellor at the University of Portsmouth and took up that position on 1 January 1997. His inaugural lecture on taking up the position of Vice-Chancellor at the University of Portsmouth brought together his main interests in social choice theory and reflected on the relevance of that theory to the issues of accountability facing Vice-Chancellors and others in publicly funded organisations.[1]

Craven was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2013 Birthday Honours for services to higher education and to the community in Hampshire.[2]


John Craven's main academic interests lie in theoretical economics and the theory of social choice. He has published three books including a well-known textbook on introductory economics which has been widely used in schools, colleges and universities.[citation needed]

Founder of University Alliance[edit]

Vice-Chancellor Craven founded the University Alliance in 2006, and served as its chair until 2009. The University Alliance, previously convened informally as the Alliance of Non-Aligned Universities, comprises a mixture of pre and post 1992 universities, which are not members of the other mission groups; the Russell Group, the 94 Group or Million Plus.[3] In August 2009 he was replaced as chair by the Vice-Chancellor of Oxford Brookes University, Professor Janet Beer.[4]

Personal life[edit]

In 1974 he married Laura Loftis; they have a son and daughter.


  1. ^ a b "Vice-Chancellor - Professor John Craven". Archived from the original on 31 January 2010. 
  2. ^ "No. 60534". The London Gazette (Supplement). 15 June 2013. p. 7. 
  3. ^ "Welcome to our Website". University Alliance. 2007. Archived from the original on 15 November 2007. Retrieved 2013-01-04. 
  4. ^ "New Chair for University Alliance". Oxford Brookes University. 10 February 2009. Archived from the original on 4 January 2013. Retrieved 4 January 2013. 

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Preceded by
Chairman of the University Alliance
Succeeded by
Professor Janet Beer