Professor Rick Rylance has a wealth of knowledge and experience of research in the humanities and the wider research funding landscape in the UK.
He joined the School of Advanced Study in 2015 as director of the Institute of English Studies before taking on the role of Dean and Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research) in 2017. He previously held the roles of Chief Executive of the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and Chair of the Research Councils UK executive group.
Before joining the AHRC, Professor Rylance was head of the School of Arts, Languages and Literature at the University of Exeter; before that he was dean of arts and letters at what was then Anglia Polytechnic University in Cambridge.
Professor Rylance has extensive experience of work in English studies, having been chair of the English sub-panel of the RAE 2008. He was a founder member of the English Subject Centre’s Advisory Board, a past chair of the Council of College and University English, and is currently a member of the Higher Education Committee of the English Association. Professor Rylance was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA) in 1998 and a Founding Fellow of the English Association in 1999.
His main research areas are nineteenth- and twentieth-century literature and the intellectual and literary history of those periods, with a particular focus on the history of psychology and the psychology of reading. He has delivered numerous research papers, keynote addresses, and guest lectures across the world and has been prominently engaged with research agencies worldwide, including membership of the Governing Board of the Global Research Council.