Charlie Jeffery

University of York
Vice-Chancellor and President


Professor Charlie Jeffery became Vice-Chancellor and President at the University of York in September 2019. He joined York from the University of Edinburgh where he had been Senior Vice-Principal since 2014. Prior to that, he was Vice-Principal (Public Policy) having been Professor of Politics at Edinburgh since 2004.

Professor Jeffery's portfolio at Edinburgh spanned the development of strategy and policy, including roles in strategic and financial planning, student experience, and internal engagement and communications. He also had overarching responsibility in external relations, including economic development, widening participation, public affairs and international strategy.

His key achievements include driving interdisciplinary collaborations; like the positioning of Edinburgh's expertise in data science to underpin a regional economic vision. He also played a pivotal role in the development of the £1.3bn Edinburgh City Deal that included a £237m Government investment in Edinburgh's Data Science programme.



Posts by this author

May and Sturgeon

Devolving Brexit

What the Scottish Government has proposed in its proposals for a differentiated Brexit settlement may evoke howls of protest from Downing Street but is actually fairly mainstream opinion.
UK and England Flag

England Could be Forced to Remain by rUK

If the internet polls are correct, England will vote narrowly to leave the EU but be held in by, principally, Scotland and Northern Ireland. Charlie Jeffery crunches the numbers to assess the territorial implications of the EU referendum vote.
Britain's Decision book cover

#EURef - What do voters think about the EU and the referendum question? How does this vary across the UK?

Charlie Jeffery discusses the case that people in different parts of the UK now have very different views on the EU.
EU flag with question mark

Divided by Europe: the UK nations and the EU referendum

Charlie Jeffery discusses how the EU referendum has the potential to divide opinion in the UK on national lines.
Odds of various coalition arrangements

The Pork Barrel Election

As territorial parties make clear that their involvement in post-election arrangements will come with a hefty price tag, Charlie Jeffery considers this new form of 'pork barrel politics' in the UK.

A Manifesto of EVEL

Charlie Jeffery looks at the Conservatives conversion to EVEL and asks if it reflects genuine concerns about how England is governed or short-term tactical opportunism?