Professor Andrew Thorpe

Biography

I attended the Gosforth and Henry Fanshawe Schools in Dronfield, North-East Derbyshire. In 1980, I went to the University of Birmingham to study for a B.A. in Medieval and Modern History, graduating with first-class honours in 1983. After a year spent as a Repairs Ordering Clerk in the Housing Department of Sheffield City Council, I returned to academic life in October 1984 when I entered the University of Sheffield to research for a PhD in History, under the supervision of Dr John Stevenson. I was awarded the PhD for my thesis, on ‘The British general election of 1931’, in 1988. I was appointed to a Lectureship in History at the University of Exeter in 1987, being promoted to Senior Lecturer in 1996 and Professor of Modern British History in 2002. I was Head of the Department of History between 2004 and 2007, and from then until 2010 was Deputy Head and Director of Research of what was then the School of Humanities and Social Sciences. I was Associate Dean for Research and Knowledge Transfer in the College of Humanities from 2010 to 2014. I became the Dean of the College of Humanities in August 2014, and took on the newly-formed role of Pro Vice Chancellor and Executive Dean of the College in August 2015.