Professor Keith Robbins, FRSE, FRHistS FLSW


The University community is saddened to learn of the death of Professor Keith Robbins.  

Portrait of Professor Keith Robbins

Professor Robbins was a well-respected historian and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Wales Lampeter between 1992 and 2003.  During his tenure as Vice-Chancellor he also served as the Senior Vice-Chancellor of the then federal University of Wales between 1995-2001.  He was conferred a Fellow of the University of Wales Lampeter in 2006.  He was a former Governor of Swansea Metropolitan University which merged with University of Wales Trinity Saint David in 2012.   He was also a Fellow of the Learned Society of Wales and a Member of its inaugural Council.

Professor Robbins was educated at Magdalen and St Antony's Colleges, Oxford, graduating MA and D Phil. He taught at the University of York before becoming Professor of History at University College of North Wales, Bangor, in 1971. He became Professor of Modern History at the University of Glasgow between 1980-1992. 

Dr Jeremy Smith, Assistant Dean of the Institute of Education and Humanities and Historian said:"Professor Robbins will be remembered as a longstanding and eminent Vice-Chancellor of Lampeter, a man of great charm and standing, and a renowned historian of modern British history. His Knowledge of the past was authoritative and broad, and spanned five decades ranging from a study of the events at Munich through to a History of Oxford University in the 1970s and 80s. One of his most important works, that was eerily prescient in its vision, was on British Identities, Institutions and the Idea of Britishness, published in the 1990s, and which offered an account of the origins and roots to the type of strains and clashing identities that over the last few years have buffeted the UK.'

The funeral will take place at 2.30pm on 3 October in the University Church of St Mary the Virgin, High Street, Oxford with a Memorial Service to be confirmed in Pershore Abbey, Saturday 26 October .

Our sincere condolences to his wife Janet and their children and families at this sad time.


Image: Portait of Professor Keith Robbins, Keith Breeden, The Registry, University of Wales