Professor Dominic Shellard is the Vice-Chancellor of De Montfort University.
An expert on post-war British theatre, Professor Shellard was educated at Dulwich College and at St Peter's College, Oxford, beginning his academic career as a lecturer in English at the University of Salford. In 1996, he moved to the University of Sheffield, becoming Head of the School of English in 2005, and Pro-Vice-Chancellor for External Affairs in 2008.
Professor Shellard is the author of a number of respected publications focused on theatre and Shakespeare, and is known for his biographical work on Kenneth Tynan.
At DMU, Professor Shellard has placed an emphasis on building creative, strategic relationships with key industry, cultural and education partners in the UK and overseas, and promoting higher education and universities as a public good. This is encapsulated in DMU's award-winning Square Mile community project, launched by Professor Shellard in 2011, which won the Mahatma Gandhi International Award 2013 as well as the 2014 Guardian University Award for Community Contribution.
DMU has also been lauded for its international engagements, spearheaded by Professor Shellard, including the #DMUglobal initiative which will see half of DMU's students benefit from an international experience during their studies, considerably advancing their employability prospects.
In 2017, Professor Shellard was appointed as a special representative to the United Nations for the Gandhi Global Family, which works to spread the work of Mahatma Gandhi around the world, in recognition of his and DMU's commitment to the public good, locally, nationally and globally.