I’m delighted to announce some big and exciting news.
As from 1 September 2017, I will join the University of Roehampton as a Reader in Early Modern History. For those unfamiliar with the British system, there are four rungs of the academic ladder in the UK – Lecturer, Senior Lecturer, Reader, and Professor – so Reader is roughly equivalent to the higher end of Associate Professor in the US.
This means that I’m leaving New College of the Humanities, where I was one of the founding members of faculty, the first Head of the Faculty of History, and had the privilege of overseeing the design of two new degrees in History, at undergraduate and postgraduate level. I’m proud to have seen so many of our students graduate with flying colours – in the three years to graduate to date, all History students amazingly came away with a first-class or upper-second-class degree. It is sad to say goodbye to so many wonderful colleagues, but, after six years, the time is right to move on, and I am really excited to be joining Roehampton.
Roehampton is a thriving, modern university, that grew out of four nineteenth-century colleges. It is based on a beautiful, tree-lined campus in South-West London, next to Richmond Park – there’s a kind of serenity to the grounds – but there’s also a feel of urgency and excitement, because Roehampton is really going places. It has one of the strongest research profiles of modern UK universities – and growing: I’m one of seven new academic appointments in History alone this year – but it’s also totally committed to teaching and fostering an excellent student experience. It is this combination that attracts me. So I’m looking forward to teaching there and continuing to write and broadcast: Roehampton are fully invested in public engagement in history.
I’ll also, rather thrillingly, be able to supervise PhD students, so if you’re thinking of a PhD in sixteenth-century history, I’d be delighted to hear from you.