12th July 2005




The Faculty of Media and Humanities at the University of Lincoln is to have a new man in charge from September.


Professor John Simons FRSA, ILTM will join the university as Dean of Media and Humanities from Edge Hill College, where he is currently Dean of Humanities, Management, Social and Applied Sciences.


Professor Simons obtained a first-class honours degree (College Prize) in English at the University College of Wales, Aberystwyth in 1978 and a PhD in Early Modern Prose Fiction from Exeter University in 1982. 


He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, a member of the Higher Education Academy, an institutional auditor for the Quality Assurance Agency and an external examiner in literary, film and theatre studies.


His research interests are focused on medievalism, popular literature from the Renaissance to the nineteenth century and animals in culture. He also has a particular interest in the Balkan region, where he has worked in the past as a higher education consultant.


His books, articles and monographs cover a wide range of subjects from Chaucer and cricket  to spy fiction and the Vietnam War.


His most recent work was ‘The Life and Times of a Victorian Wombat’, a book on exotic animal ownership in mid-nineteenth-century England, and his next book will look at cult animals.


“I am very pleased to have been appointed Dean of the Faculty of Media and Humanities at Lincoln and I am looking forward to working with such an excellent team of staff,” said Professor Simons.


Professor Simons succeeds Professor Brian Winston, who is now Pro Vice Chancellor for External Affairs at the University of Lincoln.



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01522 886042                         jashberry@lincoln.ac.uk

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