Professor Scott Davidson was appointed Vice-Chancellor of Newman University on 1st January 2017. Before this he was Deputy Vice-Chancellor of the University of Lincoln from 2009-2016 during which time he held responsibility for a variety of portfolios including student education, academic quality, international and external relations.
Professor Davidson has also held the positions of Director of the Hull Law School; Dean of the Waikato Law School, New Zealand; Pro Vice-Chancellor and Dean of the Canterbury Law School and Pro-Vice-Chancellor responsible for Corporate and Student Services at the University of Canterbury, New Zealand.
Born in Newcastle upon Tyne, Professor Davidson graduated from the University of Cambridge with a Bachelor of Arts in Law in 1977 and an administrative Master of Arts in 1979. In 2009 he was awarded the degree of Doctor of Laws from the University of Canterbury, New Zealand. Professor Davidson is also a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.
Professor Davidson has written or co-authored thirteen books and over sixty articles focusing mainly on the international law, human rights, the law of the sea and European law. He is a member of the editorial boards of the International Journal of Marine and Coastal Law, the New Zealand Yearbook of International Law and the New Zealand Journal of International and Public Law.
Professor Davidson has been a Board member of the New Zealand Qualifications Authority; a Council Member of the Maritime Cooperation Working Group of the Council for Security and Cooperation in Asia Pacific; Chair of the Catholic Commission for Justice and Peace (Christchurch Diocese); Chair of the Cambridge Access Validating Agency and Chair of the Lincolnshire Educational Trust.