Professor Dr Colin B. Grant BA (Heriot-Watt), PhD (Bath), FHEA, FRSA studied Modern Languages, Literature and Politics in Edinburgh, Bath, Leipzig, Nantes, Berlin and Siegen. He was DAAD Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Siegen in 1996 and 1997 and Visiting Professor at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro and Université Sorbonne Paris.
He is the first Vice-President (International) at the University of Southampton, a founding member of the elite Russell Group of leading UK universities. He provides University-wide oversight of all activities with an international component. This includes overall responsibility for: the international strategy, international students and alumni, international staff community, international research and innovation, international mobility, global profile and international partnerships with universities, governments, industry and other actors.
He is Chair of the Boards of the University of Southampton Malaysian Campus and Southampton International Singapore Ltd.
Professor Grant is a Professor of Human Communication, whose research and educational interests focus on communications in unstable environments, a field in which he has published 9 book-length studies.
Professor Grant is a long-standing member of the Universities UK International Strategic Advisory Board and a member of the British Council Education Advisory Group. He is a member of the DAAD Global Strategic Partnerships Review Committee and a Specialist Reviewer of the Hong Kong Council for Accreditation of Academic and Vocational Qualifications. He is Chair of the UUK Latin America Community of Practice.
Professor Grant is a fluent writer and speaker of French, German and Portuguese and a learner of Chinese. He is also an alumnus of the Leadership Foundation Top Management Programme.
He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.