Prof. Andrew Prescott
Professor of Digital Humanities, University of Glasgow
Andrew Prescott is Professor of Digital Humanities at the University of Glasgow. He is also Theme Leader Fellow for the ‘Digital Transformations’ strategic theme of the Arts and Humanities Research Council, the major funder of advanced research in the humanities in the UK. Andrew trained as a medieval historian, completing a doctoral thesis in 1984 on the records of the Peasants’ Revolt of 1381. He was a curator in the Department of Manuscripts of the British Library from 1979 to 2000, where, among other responsibilities, he was the lead curator for the pioneering digitisation project Electronic Beowulf edited by Kevin Kiernan, and took a major role in the move of the Manuscript Collections from the British Museum to St Pancras. From 2000 to 2007, Andrew served as the founding Director of the Centre for Research into Freemasonry at the University of Sheffield. He has also been Librarian of the University of Wales Lampeter and Head of the Department of Digital Humanities at King’s College London. Andrew is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries and Royal Historical Society.