Pro-Vice Chancellor for Research and Public Engagement

The Pro Vice Chancellor (Research and Public Engagement) is responsible for the University’s overall research and public engagement strategy. She promotes the University’s role in supporting and facilitating UK research in the humanities, elevating its profile, nationally and globally through engagement activities. She supports and directs the Library Transformation Programme  to consolidate and improve overall Library services across the University. 

Professor Jo Fox
Professor Jo Fox, Pro-Vice Chancellor for Research and Public Engagement

Professor Jo Fox began her career at Durham University as a lecturer in Modern European History. She became Durham History Department’s first female professor in 2010 and its first female Head of Department in 2016. She was appointed as the first female Director of the Institute of Historical Research at the School of Advanced Study in 2017.

Jo Fox is a specialist in the history of propaganda, rumour and disinformation. She is the author of two major monographs, and has published widely in leading journals.  She is currently co-investigator on a Leverhulme project on ‘The Political Warfare Executive, Covert Propaganda and British Culture’ and Principal Investigator on an AHRC COVID-19 rapid response project on ‘COVID-19 rumours in historical context. Jo is a regular commentator on historical and contemporary disinformation campaigns (‘fake news’), most recently appearing at the Körber Stiftung History Forum in May 2019. She regularly assists museums and archives in their public programmes and exhibitions.

Jo has previously served as the Honorary Communications Director of the Royal Historical Society. She is a National Teaching Fellow (2007), a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society (FRHistS), and a Fellow of the Royal Society for Manufactures and the Arts (FRSA). 

Since 2019, she has served as Chair of the Humanities and Social Science Early Research Awards panels at the Wellcome Trust.

Jo is a committed advocate for gender equality in Higher Education, and has served as an Athena Swan panel chair and as a member of the working group for the Athena Swan Charter Mark.