Interim Faculty Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Social Sciences

Professor Jeremy Gregory


Jeremy Gregory is the interim PVC for the Faculty of Social Sciences and Pro-Vice-Chancellor for the Faculty of Arts and Professor of the History of Christianity. 

In his role as Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Jeremy provides executive leadership to the Faculty and ensures strategic and operational outcomes are met.  Jeremy is a member of the University Executive Board where he shares ownership of key decisions, jointly leading the development and implementation of strategy and policy in line with the University's Global Strategy 2020.


 Jeremy joined the University in September 2015. He has a BA in Modern History and a D.Phil from the University of Oxford and was appointed Lecturer in History at Newcastle Polytechnic (now Northumbria University) in 1985, becoming Head of History and Principal Lecturer in 1995. He moved to The University of Manchester in 2000, promoted to Senior Lecturer in 2001, and to Professor in 2010. At Manchester, he was the first Director of Undergraduate Education in the newly-formed School of Arts, Histories and Cultures from 2004 to 2007, becoming Head in 2011, and from 2012 he was the founding Head of the School of Arts, Languages and Cultures, with over 6,000 students and c. 500 staff.  He is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and has held visiting fellowships at Brown University, Magdalen College, Oxford, and The Boston Athenaeum.

Teaching and Research Summary

 Jeremy’s research and publications have shaped and contributed to the debates concerning the role of the Church of England in particular, and religion in general, in English social, cultural, political and intellectual history from the mid seventeenth to the mid nineteenth centuries. He has also published on the relationship between religion and gender, religion and the wider artistic and literary culture, and on the relationship between conformity and dissent. His current research is on the Church of England in colonial British North America and he is also keen to explore the rich records of the Archdeaconry of Nottingham housed at the University’s Manuscripts and Special Collections.

His recently edited book, Manchester Cathedral. A History of the Collegiate Church and Cathedral, 1421 to the present, was published by Manchester University Press in November 2021. His edited volume, The Oxford History of Anglicanism, Volume II Establishment and Empire, 1662-1829, was published by Oxford University Press in 2017 (paperback 2019). He has been a co-editor of Studies in Church History and an editor of Literature & History. He was President of the British Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, 2013-15. Jeremy looks forward to supervising PhD students on any aspect of religious history in the long eighteenth century.

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