As a teenager I was attracted to the my own discipline history, for their combination of open free enquiry, intellectual and empirical rigour, and fundamental focus on the human experience in the rounds good and bad. Those qualities extend across the arts and humanities as a whole in all their rich diversity. Collectively our research enhances global society and our graduates gain skills and understanding that enable them to make unique and valuable contributions in all walks of life. SAHA has a crucial role to play in ensuring this potential is realised here in Scotland.

Andrew Dilley is Senior Lecturer and Dean for Academic Research Partnerships & Research Governance at the University of Aberdeen. Before that he was Head of Discipline for History (2015-2017) and then Director of Research for the School of Divinity, History, Philosophy and Art History (2018-2022).

Andrew read for a BA in Modern History (1997 – 2000) and an M.St in Historical Research, both at Wadham College, Oxford. He stayed at Oxford for his doctorate, finishing his graduate studies in 2006. Prior to joining the University of Aberdeen in 2008, Andrew lectured for two years in Imperial and Commonwealth History at King’s College London. He is a Fellow of the RHS and HEA.

Andrew’s research and teaching interests are focused on the history of the British empire and particularly the economics, politics, and culture of from the 1880s to the 1970s.His early work and first monograph focused on finance and empire, and he has moved to examine economic relations more broadly  through the lens of business associations. From 2015 to 2017 he held an AHRC Early Career Fellowship for a research project on ‘Commerce and the Commonwealth: Business Associations, Economic Governance, and Political Culture in the Empire-Commonwealth, 1886-1975’.