Chancellor of Edinburgh Napier University

Chancellor of Edinburgh Napier University

University Chancellor David Eustace

Chancellor of the University

The 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.

Chancellor of Edinburgh Napier University

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.

Chancellor of Edinburgh Napier University

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