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Glynis Breakwell

DBE, DL, BA, MSc, MA, PhD, DSc, LLD (Hon) CPsychol, FBPsS, FRSA, PFHEA, HonFBPsS, FAcSS, Prof. Dame

1974 …2016
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Professor Dame Glynis Breakwell DBE, DL, President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Bath, is one of Europe’s leading social psychologist and in 2014 was named in the Science Council’s list of ‘100 leading UK practising scientists’. Dame Glynis is an active public policy adviser and researcher specialising in leadership, identity processes and risk management and has produced over 20 books including, most recently, the second edition of The Psychology of Risk.

Dame Glynis took her PhD from the University of Bristol and DSc from the University of Oxford where she held a Prize Fellowship at Nuffield College. In 2004, in recognition of her contribution to the social sciences, she was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Laws from the University of Bristol and in 2004 became an Honorary Professor at the University of Shandong in China. She has been a Fellow of the British Psychological Society since 1987 and is a chartered health psychologist. In 2002 she was elected an Academician of the Academy of Social Sciences, and in 2006 became an Honorary Fellow of the British Psychological Society. She has also been a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy since March 2016.

Dame Glynis has nationally championed the role of universities in scientific and technological innovation, exploitation and economic regeneration, and has worked over many years to widen participation in science and achieve knowledge transfer from higher education to business. In 2012 this work was recognised when she was appointed Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire in the Queen's New Year Honours for services to higher education.

In addition to her role as Vice-Chancellor, Dame Glynis holds a number of senior positions both nationally and internationally and has acted as an adviser to the higher education sector, government organisations, multi-national corporations and not-for-profit organisations. Dame Glynis’ external roles include: Director of Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS), Director of Universities UK (UUK) and Non-Executive Director of the National Health Service (NHS) Improvement Board.  She is a member of the Economic & Social Research Council (ESRC).

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Research Output 1974 2016

The Future Leadership of Higher Education

Breakwell, G. 2016 Higher Education As A Bridge To The Future: Proceedings of the 50th Anniversary Meeting of the International Association of University Presidents, with Reflections on the Future of Higher Education . Scorza, J. (ed.). Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, p. 115-123 9 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Coping with Threatened Identities

Breakwell, G. M. 7 Jun 2015 London, U. K.: Routledge. 234 p. (Psychology Library Editions : Social Psychology; vol. 5)

Research output: Book/ReportBook

coping
threat
experience

Identity process theory

Breakwell, G. Jun 2015 The Cambridge Handbook of Social Representations. Sammut, G., Andreouli, E., Gaskell, G. & Valsiner, J. (eds.). Cambridge, U. K.: Cambridge University Press, p. 250-268 (Cambridge Handbooks in Psychology)

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

social change
psychologist
prejudice
national identity
medicine

Risk: social psychological perspectives

Breakwell, G. M. 27 Mar 2015 The International Encyclopedia of the Social and Behavioral Sciences (2nd ed.). Wright, J. D. (ed.). New York, U. S. A.: Elsevier

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Universidades em Mudanca Ciencias Sociais em Mudanca

Breakwell, G. Nov 2015 Insituto de Ciencias Sociais. 20 p.

Research output: Book/ReportCommissioned report