I came to Manchester in January 1999. Before that, I was University Lecturer in Latin Philology and Linguistics in the University of Oxford and a Fellow of Wolfson College, Oxford (1984-1998). My doctoral thesis (Oxford, 1991) was on the origin and development of Latin medical terminology, and followed an MPhil (Oxford, 1984) in philology and linguistics with special reference to Greek and Anatolian, and a BA (Oxford, 1982) in Classics (Greek and Latin literature, languages, Greek and Roman history, comparative philology).
Since 1999, I have played a leading role in establishing, developing and sustaining the new department of classics and ancient history at Manchester, which in terms of student numbers is now one of the largest and most vibrant in the country. I have developed and taught BA and MA courses in the classical languages, Greek and Roman literature, history of medicine, and comparative historical linguistics. I have pursued research especially in the areas of ancient medical texts and language, and descriptive and social linguistics, including periods of intense activity in Germany and the US. I am one of the directors of the JACT Greek summer school (est. 1967), and founding project team leader of Manchester Classics for All (est. 2015), which is already bringing classics to fifteen state schools in the Manchester area. I am currently head of department and shall be head of division wef 30 Jan 2017.