Sir Howard Newby, KB, CBE, BA, PhD, AcSS, is Vice-Chancellor of the University of Liverpool.
Sir Howard was previously Vice-Chancellor of the University of the West of England (UWE) in Bristol having previously spent five years as the Chief Executive of the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE). He was Vice-Chancellor of the University of Southampton from 1994 to 2001 and was previously Chairman and Chief Executive of the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC).
From 1999 to 2001, Sir Howard was President of Universities UK, the UK body which represents the university sector. He was also President of the British Association for the Advancement of Science for 2001-2002. He was made a CBE in 1995 for services to social science and a knighthood in 2000 for services to higher education.
Sir Howard was formerly a Professor of Sociology in both the UK and USA and has published a large number of books and articles on social change in rural England. He has a lifelong interest in railway history and is currently a member of the Railway Heritage Committee, a Board member of the National Railway Museum and a Trustee of the National Museum of Science and Industry. He is a governor of the British Film Institute. He is also a Trustee of the National Football Museum and a lifelong supporter of Derby County Football Club.
Sir Howard is married to Sheila and they have four children.