Professor Kelvin Everest is Bradley Professor of Modern Literature at the University of Liverpool. He was Dean of Arts for three years (1998-2001) and served for ten years (2001-2007, 2010-2014) as Pro-Vice-Chancellor of the University, with responsibility for Learning and Teaching, quality assurance and enhancement, widening participation, diversity and equality issues, staff and student services, and liaison with the student community. He chaired the University’s Heritage Committee and had oversight of the University’s preparations for Liverpool Capital of Culture, 2008. He was Director for Academic Affairs in China for three years (2007-2010), with particular responsibility to develop the University’s new venture of a University in Suzhou near Shanghai, Xian Jiaotong Liverpool University. He was also Public Orator of the University.
Professor Everest’s research interests are in English poetry of the Romantic period, and he has published widely on Coleridge, Keats, Shelley and their contemporaries. He is currently editing Shelley’s Complete Poetical Works. He is Associate Editor of the New Dictionary of National Biography, and a member of the Peer College of the Arts and Humanities Research Council. He is a Visiting Fellow Commoner of Trinity College Cambridge, a Founding Fellow of the English Association, a Governor of the Royal Northern College of Music, and a member of the North West Regional Board of the National Trust.