Press Release

01 September 2014

Canterbury Christ Church University today welcomes Dr Keith McLay as Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Humanities.

Dr Keith McLay
Dr Keith McLay

Dr McLay joins from the University of Chester, where he held the dual roles of Associate Dean of the Faculty of Humanities and Head of Department, History and Archaeology.

Vice Chancellor, Professor Rama Thirunamachandran, said: “We are delighted to welcome Dr McLay to Canterbury Christ Church University. He not only brings with him extensive experience in academic leadership and strategic management, but also a wealth of academic expertise in military and political history of the the late seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries.

“I’m sure everyone in our University community wishes Dr McLay every success in his new role and we look forward to working with him.”

As Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Dr McLay will be a member of the Senior Management Team and be responsible for the Schools of Humanities, Media, Art and Design, Music and Performing Arts and the Centre for Language Studies and Applied Linguistics. Dr McLay will also be responsible for the University’s popular Arts, Culture and Sport provisions.

Dr Keith McLay said: “I’m thrilled to be joining Canterbury Christ Church University as the Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Humanities.  I’m greatly looking forward to working with all colleagues in the Faculty to build upon what is already a very strong foundation of distinction in teaching, research and the student experience.”

Notes to Editor

  • Dr McLay completed his MA in History and Politics at the University of Glasgow in 1997, followed by an MSc in International History at the London School of Economics. He then returned to the University of Glasgow where he gained his doctorate in British Naval and Military History in 2003.
  • His main research interests lie in early modern British and European military and political history, with a particular interest in warfare and diplomacy of the reigns of William III, Anne and George I.
  • In 2003 Dr McLay was awarded The Julian Corbett Prize in Modern Naval History.
  • Dr McLay is currently working on two books, one about early modern amphibious warfare and the 'British Way in Warfare', entitled Reassessing the British Way in Warfare: Strategy and Tactics during the Reigns of William and Anne. The second about the early modern British Empire, entitled Britain's First Empire: Acquisition, Governance and Loss.

Canterbury Christ Church University

Canterbury Christ Church University is a modern university with a particular strength in higher education for the public services.

With nearly 20,000 students across Kent and Medway, its courses span a wide range of academic and professional subject areas.

  • 93% of our most recent UK graduates were in employment or further studies six months after completing their studies*.
  • We are the number one choice for local people looking to study at university in Kent (2013 UCAS).
  • We are one of the South East’s largest providers of education, training and skills leading to public service careers.

*2012/13 Destination of Leavers from Higher Education survey


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