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Professor Sir Tom Devine

Kt, OBE, BA, PhD, DLitt, HonD Univ (Strathclyde, 2006), Hon DLitt (Queen's, Belfast, 2001), Hon DLitt (Abertay, Dundee, 2001), FRHistS, FSAScot, FRSE, Hon MRIA, FBA

Emeritus Professor


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Affiliated research centres
Scottish Centre for Diaspora Studies

Sir Tom Devine retired from the Sir William Fraser Chair of Scottish History and Palaeography in 2015. He is now Professor Emeritus in the University of Edinburgh.

I am a graduate of Strathclyde University and hold honorary doctorates from my alma mater, The Queen's University, Belfast and the University of Abertay, Dundee. At Strathclyde I rose through the academic ranks from assistant lecturer to Professor of Scottish History (in 1988), Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences and, finally, Deputy Principal of the University from 1994 to 1998. From 1999 to 2004 I was a member of staff at Aberdeen University, being successively University Research Professor in Scottish History, Director of the AHRC Research Centre in Irish and Scottish Studies and Glucksman Research Chair of Irish and Scottish Studies. I joined Edinburgh University in January, 2006. In addition to these appointments in the UK, I hold Honorary Professorships across the Atlantic at North Carolina (USA) and Guelph (Canada). Between 1992 and 1993 I was a British Academy/Leverhulme Trust Senior Research Fellow. Among my current and recent university and public appointments have been: • Member and Vice-Chair, RAE Assessment Panels in History, 1992 &1996 • Trustee, National Museums of Scotland, 1998-2002 • Member of Council, British Academy, 2000-2003 • Convenor, Irish-Scottish Academic Initiative, 1993-9 • Advisory Board, ESRC Devolution and Constitutional Change Programme • Research Awards Advisory Committee, Leverhulme Trust, Adviser on all History applications to the Trust, 2001-9 • Trustee, Edinburgh UNESCO World City of Literature I have won several awards, fellowships and prizes in recognition of my scholarly and research achievements including: • Senior Hume Brown Prize in Scottish History (1976) • Saltire Prize for Scottish Historical Research (1992) • Henry Duncan Prize and Lectureship of the Royal Society of Edinburgh (1993) • Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh (elected 1992) • Fellow of the British Academy (elected 1994) • Hon Member of the Royal Irish Academy (elected 2001) • Hon Fellow, University of the West of Scotland, for services to cultural life in Scotland (2005) • Inaugural John Aitkenhead Award of the Institute of Contemporary Scotland for services to Scottish education and admission to the Academy of Merit (2006) • Royal Society of Edinburgh/Beltane Senior Prize for Excellence in Public Engagement (2012).

Over the last six years, while at Aberdeen and Edinburgh University I raised £4.5 million from research councils (primarily the AHRC), private benefaction and other external bodies for advanced research in Scottish history and Irish-Scottish Studies. In 2001 I was presented by HM the Queen with the Royal Gold Medal, Scotland's supreme academic accolade, and appointed OBE in the New Year Honours List 2005 for services to Scottish history. I am the only UK historian elected to all three national academies within the British Isles.

For biographical details and publications since 2015 please see,

Professor Emeritus Sir Tom Devine ‎can still be reached via

External appointments

Chairman of Advisory Board,  Britain and the World, Historical Journal of the British Scholar Society 2009- . Member of Board of Publication, Scottish Review of Books  2011

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Highlights of Scotland's Past and Scotland's Present event which celebrating the career of eminent historian Professor Sir Tom Devine. Professor Devine was joined by Gordon Brown, former Prime Minister of the UK.