Professor Les Ebdon CBE DL

Professor Les Ebdon CBE DL

Professor Les Ebdon CBE DL took up his appointment as Vice-Chancellor of the, now, University of Bedfordshire in 2003. Since then he has led the University through a successful development programme with growth in student numbers to over 24,000 and a merger in August 2006 with the Bedford faculty of De Montfort University to form the new University of Bedfordshire.

in August 2012, Professor Edbdon became the Director of the Office for Fair Access (OFFA), following his retirement of Vice-Chancellor of the University of Bedfordshire in August 2012. 

He is active regionally as Deputy Lieutenant for Bedfordshire, President of the United Nations Association-Luton, Vice Patron of Luton Christian Education Trust, Vice President of The Bedford Hospitals Charity, and Patron of The Bletchley Park Trust.  Nationally, he serves on the Further Education and Skills Ministerial Advisory Panel, is a member of the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills Measurement Board, a member of the Parliamentary University Group Council, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry and a Fellow of the Royal Society for the Arts. He also serves on the Editorial Board of the Times Higher Education Supplement and two international learned society editorial boards.