Executive Chair Designate - Arts and Humanities Research Council

Executive Chair Designate - Arts and Humanities Research Council
 Professor Andrew Thompson

Professor Andrew Thompson

Professor Andrew Thompson

Professor Andrew Thompson was appointed Chief Executive of the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) following a term as interim chief in March 2017. He will also transition to become the first Executive Chair of AHRC upon the creation of UK Research and Innovation in April 2018.

Professor Thompson is Chair of the Research Councils UK (RCUK) Research, Innovation and Strategy Advisory Board, and is the RCUK Chief Executive Champion for Global Challenges Research Fund and the Newton Fund. He is also the co-lead, with Hilary Reynolds (Executive Director for RCUK), of the RCUK Equality and Diversity Strategy.

Andrew is a historian of modern empire. The major strand of his research interests have focused on the effects of empire on British private and public life during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, including Imperial Britain (2000) and The Empire Strikes Back (2005) and, most recently, a companion volume to the Oxford History of the British Empire series entitled Britain's Experience of Empire in the Twentieth Century (2012). 

He co-founded Leeds University's Institute of Colonial and Postcolonial Studies, and was also previously Dean of the Faculty of Arts, and Pro-Vice Chancellor for Research, at the University Leeds.