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Acting Senior Tutor

Dr William O'ReillyDr William O'Reilly

I am standing in as Senior Tutor for the remainder of this academic year while Dr Jackson enjoys some well-earned time away from College. I have been a Tutor since joining the College in 2005 when I was appointed as Faculty Lecturer in Early Modern European History, having come to Cambridge the previous year as a Research Fellow at the Centre for History and Economics, where I now serve as Associate Director. At Trinity Hall, I have been Director of Studies in History ­–I continue to direct study for Part II­– and a Graduate Mentor, and I am currently the Fellow Archivist and Librarian. In the Faculty of History, I have been Director of Graduate Studies and Chair of the MPhil in Early Modern History and I currently lead the Faculty’s involvement in our new Tripos in History and Languages.

Having read History and German at University College Galway and Hamburg University, I continued to the University of Oxford where I took my MSt and DPhil degrees. I am primarily an historian of western and central Europe, while my doctoral work was in the field of European and Atlantic history. I am especially interested in the histories of migration, colonialism and imperialism and my published work reflects those interests. Time permitting I hope to continue working on a history of central Europe in the 17th and 18th centuries. My research has taken me around the world and I have held periods as visiting professor at Harvard University, Paris I-Panthéon Sorbonne, Hamburg, and elsewhere and I am a permanent Fellow of the Institute of Advanced Studies, Budapest.

Like all those before me who have served as Senior Tutor at Trinity Hall, I am aware that Trinity Hall is, before all else, an academic institution comprising complementary learning and research communities who strive for the same result: making Trinity Hall the best community in which to live, learn and to develop as socially-minded individuals. At Trinity Hall we make it possible for Hall women and men to reach their potential and to excel academically, while never losing sight of the fact that development and success is possible only in the context of honesty, integrity and mutual respect. All this is possible thanks to the great support offered by the Hall by way of academic and pastoral encouragement, all the while encouraging our students to pursue a wide range of extracurricular activities and, of course, to have fun. We always look forward to visits from prospective undergraduates and graduates, and we likewise warmly welcome visits to the Hall from alumni and friends. Trinity Hall is proud of its long history as a place where the world can gather together in conversation and learning, and from where Hall women and men can go out into the world best prepared for their lives ahead.

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