I became Senior Tutor of Trinity Hall on 1 October 2013. Before that I was Admissions Tutor (2007-13) and I also remain the College’s Director of Studies in History – a post I’ve held since moving to Trinity Hall in 2000 from a Research Fellowship at Sidney Sussex College. Whilst I also did my BA and PhD degrees at Sidney Sussex, I did manage a year away from Cambridge, researching a History MPhil at the University of Aberystwyth! Before Cambridge, I went to Loretto School, outside Edinburgh, following in the footsteps of Trinity Hall alumnus Andrew Marr (1977).
More widely, I’m a historian of 17th Century Britain, and have published extensively on the dynamics of Stuart multiple monarchy between 1603 and 1714. As political issues like the referendum on Scottish independence in 2014 remind us, legacies of the Stuart century remain very resonant and I filmed a three-part television series for BBC1 (Scotland) and BBC2 entitled The Stuarts which screened early in 2014.
As Senior Tutor, however, I’m keenly aware that Trinity Hall remains first and foremost an academic institution and we’re delighted by the brilliant performances of our student community. Trinity Hall is also a very friendly place where people not only excel academically, but are also closely supported in pastoral terms, pursue a wide range of extracurricular activities – and have fun! We always look forward to visits from prospective undergraduates and graduates from all kinds of backgrounds and cultures, and we likewise warmly welcome return visits from alumni and friends. Tucked into its compact city-centre site, Trinity Hall is a miniature gem with a global reputation.