Martin Harris (academic)
Sir Martin Best Harris CBE (born 28 June 1944) is a British academic and former University Vice-Chancellor. He was born at Ruabon, Wales, the son of William Best Harris, afterwards City Librarian of Plymouth, and educated at Devonport High School for Boys in Plymouth, at Queens' College, Cambridge and at the School of Oriental and African Studies. He began his academic career at the University of Leicester in 1967, where he lectured in French Linguistics. He spent fifteen years at the University of Salford as a Senior Lecturer, Professor of Linguistics, Dean and, later, Pro-Vice-Chancellor. From 1984 to 1987 he was a member of the University Grants Committee.
His first appointment as Vice-Chancellor was at the University of Essex in 1987, where he succeeded the founding Vice-Chancellor, Albert Sloman.
His most prominent academic appointment was Vice-Chancellor of the Victoria University of Manchester from 1992 until its dissolution in the formation of the new University of Manchester in 2004. During his time in Manchester he also at various times Chairman of both the Committee of Vice-Chancellors and Principals (now UUK), and of its Health Committee, a member of the Commission for Health Improvement and a member of the Department of Health – Department for Education and Skills Strategic Learning and Research Advisory Group: StLAR, and Chair of the Clinical Academic Staff Advisory Group of the Universities and Colleges Employers Association.
Martin Harris' appointments since retirement from the University of Manchester include Deputy Chairmanship of the North West Development Agency 2002-2008, Director of Fair Access at the Office for Fair Access (OFFA) 2004-2012, and Chancellor of the University of Salford between 2005 and 2009.
He became President of Clare Hall, Cambridge in 2008.
- Vice-Chancellor of the University of Essex from 1987 to 1992.
- Vice-Chancellor of the Victoria University of Manchester from 1992 until 2004.
- Chairman of review of graduate education in England and Wales (the Harris Report) 1995-96.
- Chairman of the Clinical Standards Advisory Group 1996.
- Chairman of the Committee of Vice-Chancellors and Principals (CVCP), now Universities UK, from 1997 until 1999.
- Founding Chair of the North West Universities Association 1999-2001.
- Chairman of a review of university careers services for the Department for Education and Skills 2000.
- Commissioner for Health Improvement 1999-2002.
- Honorary President of the National Postgraduate Committee 2001-2004
- Deputy Chair of the North West Development Agency 2002-2008
- Director of Fair Access at the Office for Fair Access (OFFA) 2004-2012
HM The Queen appointed Professor Harris Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire in 1992 and Knight Bachelor in her New Year Honours List 2000 for services to higher education.
The Martin Harris Centre for Music and Drama at the University of Manchester is named in his honour.
- ""News: Sir Martin Harris Appointed University Chancellor"". 24 January 2005. Retrieved 12-08-2008.
- Honours List, BBC News, 31 December 1999 Accessed 29 August 2007
- Sir Martin Harris installed as Chancellor of University of Salford at Salford.ac.uk