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Prof Michael Worton
Office of the Vice-Provost (Academic & International)
University College London
Gower Street
London
WC1E 6BT
Appointment
  • Honorary Emeritus
  • VP: International
  • Provost and Vice Provost Offices
Biography
Michael Worton (born 1951) is Vice-Provost (Academic and International) of University College London, appointed 1998. He holds this appointment concurrently with the university's Fielden Professorship of French Language and Literature.

Worton was born in Luanshya, Zambia, of Yorkshire father and Scottish mother. Worton's family returned to Scotland when he was still of primary-school age, and he undertook his schooling at Sanquhar Academy and then Dumfries Academy, going to Edinburgh University for his MA and PhD (PhD topic was The Evolution of the Poetry of Renè Char: 1928-45).

Worton is both an internationally regarded scholar of French literature and of literary criticism (he has lectured around the world on issues in French Literature, gender studies, painting and photography, critical theory and pedagogy) and isalso a highly respected higher education policy maker, with extensive advisory experience at home and abroad on issues in Higher Education Policy and Practice. He champions the importance of modern languages in education, and in 2009, he wrote Review of Modern Foreign Languages Provision in Higher Education in England for the UK Government, and in the same year was appointed Higher Education Adviser to the British Council.
Research Summary
Gender Studies, especially contemporary women's writing and theories and representations of masculinities; Literature and Art, especially photography; Literature and Medicine; Theory of Translation; Theory of Literature, especially in relation to metaphor and psychoanalysis; Michel Tournier; Contemporary Fiction; 19th and 20th century poetry.
Appointments
2004 Vice-Provost ‘Academic and International’   UCL, United Kingdom
1998 Fielden Chair of French Language and Literature   UCL, United Kingdom
1998 Appointed Vice-Provost   UCL, United Kingdom
1997 – 1998 Re-elected Dean Faculty of Arts UCL, United Kingdom
1994 Elected Dean Faculty of Arts UCL, United Kingdom
1994 Professor of French (Personal Chair)   UCL, United Kingdom
1991 – 1994 Senior Lecturer in French   UCL, United Kingdom
1980 – 1991 Lecturer in French Language and Literature   UCL, United Kingdom
1976 – 1980 Lecturer in French (granted tenure in 1978)   University of Liverpool, United Kingdom
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