Professor Gerald Bernbaum FRSA

(born 25 March 1936) was an educationist and university administrator. He was Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive of South Bank University (now London South Bank University), London, England.



Bernbaum was Assistant Master at Mitcham County Grammar School for Boys (1958–62) and then Head of Department at Rutherford School (1962–64). He moved to the University of Leicester and was a lecturer in education (1964–70), senior lecturer (1970–74), Professor of Education (1974–93) and Director of the School of Education (1976–85). He moved into university administration at Leicester and became Pro-Vice-Chancellor (1985–87) followed by Executive Pro-Vice-Chancellor and Registrar (1987–93). He moved to South Bank University in London to become Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive (1993–2001) before his retirement.


He was a consultant for the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD, 1970–75). He became a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts in 1984. He was Chairman of the Governors of Morley College (2004–05).


Bernbaum was awarded an honorary degree (Doctor of Laws) by the University of Leicester in July 2000, where he formerly worked in the School of Education. Subsequently he was also awarded an honorary degree by London South Bank University in November 2004.