Gordon was appointed as Director of the Leverhulme Trust in 2011. The Trust, established by the Will of William Hesketh Lever, the founder of Lever Brothers, provides grants and scholarships for research and education. The Trust distributes approximately £80m to UK institutions per year.
Gordon has previously been Vice-Chancellor of the University of Reading, Chief Executive of the Economic and Social Research Council, and Official Fellow in Sociology at Nuffield College, Oxford.
Before joining Nuffield College he was Professor of Sociology at the University of Bath, Lecturer and Senior Lecturer at the University of Essex, and a visiting Professor at several European universities.
His main fields of research include social exclusion, equality of opportunity, distributive justice and the culture of economic enterprise, and he has written widely on these topics.
Between 2007 and 2011 he was also Chairman of the Higher Education Statistics Agency. He was elected a Fellow of the British Academy in 2000, of the Royal Norwegian Society of Sciences and Letters in 2001, and awarded a CBE in 2003 for his services to economic and social science.
A wonderful mix of making new friends for life, a first-rate course and lecturers, and Friday nights at the Gannochy disco. The campus was a building site when I arrived in 1970, so I walked into a brand new flat, which (I discovered on a recent trip back to Stirling) has just been demolished. I had quite forgotten I was that old.
Professor Gordon Marshall CBE
BA Sociology, 1974