David Jobbins

David Jobbins

David Jobbins is a writer and editor who has specialised in higher education journalism for many years. He is a former foreign editor and assistant editor of TheTimes Higher Education Supplement, where he undertook numerous overseas assignments in Europe, Kuwait, UAE, Botswana, South Africa, Canada, the United States and Pakistan.

Currently he is media consultant to TheCompleteUniversityGuide.co.uk, the independent UK university ranking and has also been engaged on a number of recent projects including the Global Integrity Africa Integrity Indicators project and a biography of a major player in the UK events industry.

From 2005-14 he was a Special Professor in the School of Education at the University of Nottingham.

From 1996-2006 he was Deputy Editor of The Round Table: the Commonwealth Journal of International Affairs.

In 2002 he was awarded a CASE International Media Fellowship at Rhodes University, Eastern Cape, to investigate the role of the universities in South Africa’s post-apartheid transformation process.

From 2009-10 he chaired the Board of Higher Education Web Publishing Ltd, publisher of University World News.

He has been a member of

  • the International Advisory Council of the Institute for Commonwealth Studies, University of London from 2001-07;
  • the advisory group to the Teacher mobility in the Commonwealth research project, Centre for Comparative Education Research, University of Nottingham 2003-05;
  • the advisory board of the Kent Centre for Europe, University of Kent 2000-07;
  • the working group, joint project of the Institute for Higher Education Policy, Washington DC, and Unesco-Cepes, Bucharest, on Higher Education Ranking Systems.


He was a founding member of IREG – the International Observatory on Academic Ranking and Excellence, a topic on which he has written widely.

He is a life member of the National Union of Journalists.

He was educated at Brentwood School in Essex, and is a graduate of the University of Essex (BA Government).

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