Staff profiles

Dr Bill Aird

MA (Hons.) History (Edinburgh) PhD (Edinburgh), FRHS

Lecturer; Medieval History


Contact information
Address: Room 3.14, William Robertson Wing, Old Medical School, Teviot Place
Telephone: +44 (0)131 650 9968
Office hours: Open-Door policy or by appointment via William.M.Aird@ed.ac.uk
Affiliated research centres
Centre for Medieval & Renaissance Studies

I am a graduate of the University of Edinburgh and remained there for doctoral studies, which concerned the impact of the Norman Conquest on Durham in the North-East of England and Southern Scotland. Before returning to Edinburgh in 2011, I held a number of lectureships around the United Kingdom, including posts at UEA, Manchester University, and Sheffield. My last post was a Senior Lectureship at Cardiff University, where I was based from 1995 to 2011. My interests in Medieval European History and the Norman diaspora have involved a gradual shift south from Southern Scotland/Northern England to Normandy and, most recently, to Puglia in Southern Italy. I have been fortunate enough to have been asked to deliver research papers throughout the EU, the USA, Japan and most recently, Beijing in China.

Carved stone doorway

Tympanum, Basilica di San Nicola, Bari (Puglia).

External appointments

I have served on the Steering Committee of History UK (HE) and as a delegate on the EU History network, Cliohnet.