Professor Sir Malcolm Grant was born and educated in Oamaru, New Zealand, studying law at Otago. He then headed overseas and enjoyed a career in the academic world including time at Southampton University as a Law Professor and at Cambridge University where he was Head of the Land Economy department and also Pro Vice Chancellor. He had two periods at University College London where from 2003 to 2011 he was appointed as Provost and President. He is currently Chancellor of the University of York. He was awarded a CBE in 2003 for services to planning law and local government and was knighted in 2013 for services to higher education.