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Professor Michael Worton to retire after 33 years at UCL

27 June 2013

Michael Worton

Professor Michael Worton, Vice Provost (International) and Fielden Professor of French, is to retire at the end of September 2013 after 33 years at UCL.

Professor Worton is an internationally regarded scholar of French literature and literary criticism, and has written extensively on French Literature, gender studies, art and critical theory. He has also been a longstanding champion of modern languages and the humanities in the higher education sector.

Professor Worton joined UCL in 1980, as a lecturer in French Language and Literature. He was made a Professor of French in 1994 and in the same year he was elected Dean of the Faculty of Arts, before being appointed as Vice Provost (Academic) in 1998, a role that was expanded to include international affairs in 2004.

He was instrumental in establishing the UCL Academy which opened in 2012, the first school in England with a university as sole sponsor. In addition, Professor Worton led the negotiations that saw UCL establishing its very first overseas campuses, in Australia and Qatar, as well as its ongoing partnership with Nazarbayev University in Kazakhstan.

In 2011, Professor Worton was awarded the rank of Chevalier of the Order of the Légion d’Honneur by the Prime Minister of France at a reception in Paris.

Professor Malcolm Grant, UCL Provost and President, said: “Michael Worton is the epitome of a fine UCL colleague, widely admired and affectionately regarded. His achievements for UCL have been truly outstanding, both at home and abroad. He has led our international programme, as well as our pioneering work in global citizenship.

Michael Worton is the epitome of a fine UCL colleague, widely admired and affectionately regarded. His achievements for UCL have been truly outstanding, both at home and abroad. He has led our international programme, as well as our pioneering work in global citizenship.

Professor Malcolm Grant, UCL President & Provost

“He has also made major contributions to higher education more generally, notably as higher education adviser to the British Council and through his seminal report on modern languages for the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE).”

Professor Worton said: “The past 33 years at UCL have been marvellous for me. I have been very fortunate to work for empowering leaders and with inspiring colleagues in a university which is constantly redefining what a university can and should be in the 21st century.

“We have achieved a lot in my time at UCL and I know that much, much more will be achieved in the next, 5, 10, 20 years. But I shall be an admiring spectator from the sidelines from 30 September onwards, when I retire to focus on personal, family priorities.”

Professor Michael Worton, Vice Provost (International) and Fielden Professor of French, is to retire at the end of September 2013 after 33 years at UCL.


Image: Professor Michael Worton at the UCL event 'Religion in education: Towards division or inspiration?’ in 2011.


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