Simon moved into his present Pro-Vice-Chancellor role in February 2016, with responsibilities for the University’s research, business, and policy engagement in the West Midlands region, London, Europe and further afield. Prior to this he was Pro-Vice-Chancellor with responsibility for the Faculties of Art and Social Sciences, and before that chaired the Faculty of Arts and the Department of Classics & Ancient History.
In his present role he works closely with the European Strategy team to ensure we continue to be actively engaged with European partners in the ‘brexit’ era and beyond and contribute to the high standing of UK universities, working through our European office in Brussels and helping to triangulate our activities between our West Midlands base, government in London, and the EU. As part of this he leads the European Strategy team in our support for the new initiative of The Guild of European Research Intensive Universities.
Simon started his career at All Souls College, Oxford, and is a Fellow of the British Academy in Oriental Studies and Classical Studies. He continues to be actively engaged in research, working with his team of six postdoctoral fellows on various funded projects focussing on the transmission of ancient Greek thought into the Islamic Middle Ages. He is the author of ten books including most recently “Economy, Family, and Society from Rome to Islam” and “Themistius, Julian, and Greek Political Theory under Rome” (both Cambridge University Press, 2013). His main current work is on the medical historian, Ibn Abī Uṣaybiʿah, courtesy of a Wellcome Trust Senior Investigator Award.
Simon currently sits on funding and research panels at the Wellcome Trust and the British Academy