Sky News Sunrise for paper review

Category : Blog, Newspapers, TV, Universities · No Comments Apr 4th, 2012

It was delightful to go into Sky News yesterday morning to review the papers with Eamonn Holmes, Charlotte Hawkins and Sam Delaney – even if it meant an eye-watering 4.30am start! This must explain why, as you’ll notice, I was still remembering how to speak in the first few minutes.

We talked about the proposed new A levels, the viewing habits of teenage murderer, Daniel Bartlam; Argentina’s president Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner’s shoddy use of history and whether the Queen is a vampire.

My agent has kindly put a clip on YouTube (forgive the short shrift given to others…):




Angel’s Emily Paine interviews me

Category : Articles, Blog, NCH, Universities · No Comments Feb 21st, 2012

Emily Paine from Angel Magazine interviewed me recently over a cup of tea at the British Library. We talked of cabbages and kings, but above all, about New College of the Humanities, and my new book and series. Her flattering piece can be read on p. 47 of Angel’s March 2012 issue or by clicking on the picture to the left.




Why I have chosen to join New College of the Humanities

Category : Blog, NCH, Universities · No Comments Jun 9th, 2011

I have written a post for The Guardian’s Higher Education Network blog:



The NCH debate – Response to Sam Leith in the Evening Standard

Category : Blog, NCH, Universities · No Comments Jun 7th, 2011

Sam Leith in the Evening Standard yesterday (6 June 2011) published a critical article about the teaching staff at New College of the Humanities.

As one of those future staff, I replied, and my reply features in today’s Evening Standard, which you can read on p. 47 ( or here:


My new job: New College of the Humanities launches today!

Category : Blog, NCH, Universities · No Comments Jun 5th, 2011

I’ve been appointed subject convenor and Senior Lecturer for history at New College of the Humanities.

Today, on 5 June 2011, in the press – see The Sunday Times – Professor AC Grayling and a group of world-leading academics announce the launch of New College of the Humanities (NCH), a first-class independent university college, based in Bloomsbury in central London.

Fourteen leading professors will lecture at the university and they include, for history, Professor Sir David Cannadine, Professor Linda Colley, and Professor Niall Ferguson.

It is a new model for humanities in the UK and seeks to protect the humanities, which are likely to be under threat in coming years. It also values teaching: in the first year, students will have 12-13 contact hours a week, including two tutorials, one of which will be one-to-one.

NCH will initially offer eight degrees, with major and minor pairings in Law, Economics, History, Philosophy, and Literature.

NCH will admit its first undergraduates in October 2012, and is immediately open to applications. It is a paid model combining scholarships and tuition fees. The fees are £18,000 a year, or £6,000 a term (for both UK and international students). NCH will also offer 50 assisted places in the first year (more than 20% of the year’s intake), which will be a mixture of 100% scholarships, which will be means-tested, and exhibitions, where the student will pay only £7,200 a year – a fee lower than almost all UK universities.

For more details, see or Twitter @NewCollegeH.

For news reports, see


Talks up north

Category : Schools, Talks, Universities · No Comments Mar 30th, 2011

Tomorrow, 31 March, I’m speaking at the University of Lancaster as the annual public lecturer for the Society of Renaissance Studies, and on 1 April, I’m speaking at Merchant Taylors’ School for Boys. The Society of Renaissance Studies are kindly putting me up in Lancaster overnight. I’m looking forward to it!

Lincoln College Dining Club

Category : Blog, Talks, Universities · No Comments Mar 7th, 2011

Looking forward to dinner tonight at the Lincoln College, Oxford Dining Club, meeting at the Cavalry and Guards’ Club in Piccadilly. I’m the after-dinner speaker!