Professor Toby Wilkinson

Deputy Vice Chancellor (External Relations)

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Executive Assistant:

Heather Smith
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Toby's responsibilities as Deputy Vice Chancellor include internationalisation, partnerships and transnational education (TNE); communications, development and marketing; the Lincolnshire Educational Trust; faith on campus; and engagement with a wide variety of local, regional, national and international partners.


Professor Toby Wilkinson is Deputy Vice Chancellor (External Relations) at the University of Lincoln. He holds a First Class Honours Degree and a PhD in Egyptology from the University of Cambridge.

Prior to joining the University of Lincoln, Toby served for six years as the inaugural Director of International Strategy at the University of Cambridge, devising and delivering an institution-wide strategy for global engagement, working closely with partners in Europe, Asia, Africa, the Middle East and the Americas. Toby's earlier appointments focussed on external relations, schools liaison and widening participation, fundraising and alumni relations, and institutional strategy. In his academic career, Toby has held research and teaching positions at the universities of Cambridge and Durham.

Toby is an internationally acclaimed Egyptologist, and the prize-winning author of ten books which have been translated into eleven languages. He is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries and a member of the international editorial board of the Journal of Egyptian History. Toby is also a school governor and a trustee of the Thomas Wall Trust.

Selected Recent Publications

Wilkinson, T. Writings from Ancient Egypt. London: Penguin Classics, 2016.

Wilkinson, T. ‘Power and authority in Early Dynastic Egypt’, in Jacobus van Dijk (ed.), Another Mouthful of Dust. Egyptological Studies in Honour of Geoffrey Thorndike Martin, 543–557. Leuven: Peeters, 2016.

Wilkinson, T. ‘Ancient Egypt’, in T. Spear (ed.), Oxford Bibliographies in African Studies. New York: Oxford University Press, 2016.

Wilkinson, T. The Nile. London/New York: Bloomsbury/Knopf, 2014.

Wilkinson, T. ‘Dynasties 2–3’, in W. Wendrich (ed.), UCLA Encyclopedia of Egyptology. Published 2014.

Wilkinson, T. The Rise and Fall of Ancient Egypt. London/New York: Bloomsbury/Bantam Dell, 2010. Winner of the PEN Hessell-Tiltman Prize for History.