Biography of Keith Robbins
Keith Gilbert Robbins (b 1940) was Professor of Modern History at the University from 1980 to 1992.
Robbins was educated at Magdalen and St Antony's Colleges, Oxford, graduating MA and D Phil. He taught at the University of York before becoming Professor of History at University College of North Wales, Bangor, in 1971. He came to Glasgow in 1980 to take the second chair in Modern History, and was appointed to the older chair in 1981, on the retirement of Professor William Brock.
In 1992 Robbins was appointed Vice-Chancellor of the University of Wales, Lampeter, and he was Senior Vice-Chancellor of the federal University of Wales from 1995 until 2001. He is recognised as an authority on British social and political history, writing and editing a number of influential monographs textbooks, and he was editor of the journal History from 1977 until 1986.