William Walsh (23 February 1916 – 23 June 1996) was successively Professor of Education, Professor of Commonwealth Literature and Acting Vice-Chancellor at the University of Leeds.
Early life and education
Walsh graduated in English from Downing College, Cambridge in 1943 where he was taught by F. R. Leavis. He then worked as a schoolmaster at Raynes Park Grammar School whilst studying for an MA in Education at the University of London which he achieved in 1951.
In 1951 Walsh became a Lecturer in Education at the University College of North Staffordshire (now Keele University). Two years later he moved to a similar post at the University of Edinburgh.
In 1957 Walsh was appointed Professor and Head of the Department of Education at the University of Leeds.
Walsh served as Pro-Vice-Chancellor at Leeds from 1965 to 1967.
In 1972 Walsh was appointed Professor of Commonwealth Literature in the School of English, also at Leeds University.