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John Craven (economist)

Professor John Craven
1st Chairman of the University Alliance
In office
Preceded by Position established
Succeeded by Prof. Janet Beer
Vice-Chancellor of the University of Portsmouth
Assumed office
1 January 1997
Personal details
Born (1949-06-17)17 June 1949
Nationality British
Alma mater King's College, Cambridge
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Profession Educator

John Anthony George Craven CBE (born 17 June 1949) is a British economist, the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Portsmouth. In 2006, he founded the University Alliance, and served as its first chair until 2009.

Early life

John Craven was educated at Pinner County Grammar School, then King's College, Cambridge where he read Mathematics and Economics and then took up a Kennedy Scholarship to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.


He went to University of Kent at Canterbury where he spent 25 years, first as a member of the Economics Department and then in a variety of senior management roles. He was promoted to Reader in Economics in 1980 and Professor in 1986. In 1987 he was elected Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences; a position which he held for four years. He became Pro Vice-Chancellor in 1991 and Deputy Vice-Chancellor in 1993 when he had responsibility for planning and resource allocation. [1]

Vice-Chancellor of Portsmouth University

He was appointed as [1]

Craven was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2013 Birthday Honours for services to higher education and to the community in Hampshire.[2]


John Craven's main academic interests lie in theoretical economics and the theory of social choice. He has published three books including a well-known textbook on introductory economics which has been widely used in schools, colleges and universities.

Founder of University Alliance

Vice-Chancellor Craven founded the University Alliance in 2006, and served as its chair until 2009. The University Alliance, previously convened informally as the Alliance of Non-Aligned Universities, comprises a mixture of pre and post 1992 universities, which are not members of the other mission groups; the Russell Group, the 94 Group or Million Plus. [3] In August 2009 he was replaced as chair by the Vice-Chancellor of Oxford Brookes University, Professor Janet Beer. [4]

Personal life

In 1974 he married Laura Loftis; they have a son and daughter.


  1. ^ a b
  2. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 60534. p. 7. 15 June 2013.
  3. ^ "Welcome to our Website". University Alliance. 2007. Archived from the original on 15 November 2007. Retrieved 2013-01-04. 
  4. ^ "New Chair for University Alliance". Oxford Brookes University. 2009-02-10. Retrieved 2013-01-04. 

External links

  • University of Portsmouth
Preceded by
Chairman of the University Alliance
Succeeded by
Professor Janet Beer
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