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Prof John Charmley

Pro Vice-Chancellor - Academic Strategy and Research


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Prof John Charmley joined St Mary’s University as Pro Vice-Chancellor for Academic Strategy in September 2016. He was previously at the University of East Anglia, in Norwich, where he served from 1979-2016.

John was educated at Pembroke College Oxford, where he held a scholarship from 1974 to 1977. After achieving a First Class Honours degree in Modern History, he studied for a D.Phil. there from 1977 to 1981. He was appointed as a lecturer in English history at the University of East Anglia in 1979. He was UEA’s Director of Admissions from 1996 to 1999, and Dean of the School of History from 2002 until 2012. He was Head of the School of Music there from 2009 until 2014, and founding Head of the Interdisciplinary Institute for the Humanities.

John has written extensively (eight books) on modern diplomatic and political history, including award-winning biographies of Duff Cooper (1986) and a series of controversial studies of the appeasement era and Churchill (Chamberlain and the Lost Peace, 1989; Churchill: the end of glory(1993); Churchill’s Grand Alliance (1997), as well as studies of British diplomacy in the nineteenth century, and a history of the Conservative Party.

John has served in a wide variety of other roles, having been editor-in-chief of History, the Journal of the Historical Association from 2010 to 2014, and a Director of the Norwich Heritage, Economic & Regeneration Trust, from 2005 to 2015. He is a member of the catechetical commission of the Diocese of East Anglia, and a regular contributor to the Catholic Herald, as well as being a prolific tweeter.

As Pro Vice-Chancellor of Academic Strategy, John is responsible for leading on the development and delivery of St Mary’s education strategy, which is centred around providing a portfolio of programmes which reflect our Catholic ethos and which will provide our students with a first-rate educational experience to prepare them to take their place as good citizens in our society.

In the news

St Mary’s Launches new Sport and Faith Research Centre

The Faculty of Sport, Health and Applied Science (SHAS) at St Mary’s University, Twickenham last night launched the Sport, Wellbeing, Inclusion and Faith (SWIFT) Research Centre. Find out more...

Prof Anthony Towey Delivers Inaugural Lecture

Prof Anthony Towey delivers his inaugural lecture entitled 'Catholic Religious Education: Lessons in Liberation.' Find out more...

Pro Vice-Chancellor to Launch New Series of History Public Lectures

Pro Vice-Chancellor of Academic Strategy at St Mary’s University, Twickenham, Prof John Charmley, is to give a public lecture on ‘Churchill and the Myths of Brexit’ as part of a new series of History talks at the University. Find out more...

St Mary’s University appoints Dean of Learning and Teaching

Dr Adam Longcroft has been appointed as Dean of Learning and Teaching at St Mary’s University, Twickenham. Find out more...

St Mary’s Appoints New Dean of the School of Sport Health and Applied Science

Prof Dagkas will be joining St Mary’s in April from Canterbury Christ Church University, where he is currently the Head of the School of Human and Life Sciences. Find out more...

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