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Chancellor of the University


University Chancellor David EustaceThe Chancellor of the University is the titular head of the institution and confers degrees and other awards of the University. The current Chancellor, David Eustace, has been appointed by the University Court for a period of five years from August 2015 until July 2020.


David Eustace is widely respected as a photographer’s photographer. Founding member of Magnum, Eve Arnold, described David’s portrait of her, for Vogue, as one of only two portraits she liked, the other one being by Henri Cartier-Bresson.


Raised in a working class area in the east end of Glasgow David left school at 16 with little qualifications. He worked in a variety of jobs, from selling fruit at a street market, bingo gaming caller to serving on minesweepers in HM Royal Navy. After leaving the Navy at 21 he became a prison officer in Glasgow’s notorious prison HM Barlinnie.


His introduction to photography came later in life when, aged 27, he borrowed a camera from a friend and soon a hobby became an all-consuming passion.


At 28 he returned to full time education and was accepted on the strength of his portfolio to Edinburgh Napier University. He resigned from the Prison Service and undertook the three year Bachelor of Arts degree course, graduating with distinction.


Within a month of leaving university he was already working for GQ and ES magazines, shooting four GQ covers by the end of the year. The following year David was included in GQ’s masthead as contributing photographer. His client list soon expanded and he was working almost weekly for Tatler, Vogue, Sunday Times Magazine, Telegraph Magazine, to name but a few.


His work held in both public and private collections including Deutsche Bank, The National Portrait Gallery and Glasgow Museums and Art Galleries.


In 2011 David was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Arts from Edinburgh Napier University.


In 2013, in partnership with Edinburgh Napier and the Scottish Government, David exhibited his Highland Heart portfolio in New York City to launch the cities Scotland Week celebrations. The show was opened by Scotland’s First Minister the Right Hon Alex Salmond.


David, in conjunction with Clearview Books, will realise 4 books of his work in 2014/15, launching with a 250 page collection of his portfolios. This will be the first comprehensive book of his work.


In February 2015, David was the first photographer in the Scottish Gallery’s 173 year history to be exhibited. The opening night of his exhibition David Eustace: Selected Works, saw over 500 attend, one of the Gallery’s most successful private views.


David lives between Edinburgh and NYC.