Life and times.
He also chaired Liverpool Culture Company, in charge of delivering the Capital of Culture event in 2008.
Previously he was the president of Universities UK, principal of Royal Holloway College, London, and pro-vice chancellor of the University of London; at Glasgow University he was dean of the Faculty of Arts and, later, vice-principal of Glasgow University.
He is an acknowledged expert of Lord Byron's work and is vice-president of the Byron Society. He has studied at Glasgow University and Balliol College, Oxford.
A school-mate and personal friend of Prime Minister Gordon Brown, Drummond Bone was knighted in the 2008 Birthday Honours for services to Higher Education and the regeneration of North West England.
Sir Drummond's successor as vice chancellor is Sir Howard Newby, who was previously vice chancellor of the University of the West of England (UWE) in Bristol, and chief executive of the Higher Education Funding Council for England.
Sir Howard was vice chancellor at University of Southampton from 1994 to 2001. A professor of sociology, he has written widely about social change in rural England.