Professor William Leahy
Professor William Leahy was appointed Vice Provost for Students, Staff and Civic Engagement in August 2018. Previously he was Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic Affairs and Civic Engagement) and Head of the School of Arts (now College of Business, Arts and Social Sciences).
Bill's early research specialised in Shakespeare and Elizabethan Processions. His particular interests have been the role and representation of the common people in Elizabethan and Shakespearean literature and, more latterly in the Shakespeare Authorship Question.
As well as being a section editor for the John Nichols Project, he has published widely on both Shakespeare and early modern spectacle, culminating in a book entitled Elizabethan Triumphal Processions, published in May 2005. More recently he has published widely on the Shakespeare Authorship Question, most notably in his 2010 edition of collected essays Shakespeare and his Authors: Critical Perspectives on the Authorship Question and as co-editor of The Many Lives of William Shakespeare, a special edition of the Journal of Early Modern Studies.
While publishing these and articles based on his research in the early modern period, he is also a translator and a writer of both fiction and poetry.
Bill also writes journalistic articles and has often appeared on TV and radio. At the 2005 Brunel Graduation Ceremony Bill received the Vice-Chancellor's Award for Teaching Excellence, after being nominated by students as the tutor they had found particularly inspirational during their time at Brunel.
Bill is currently Chairman of the Shakespearean Authorship Trust and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.