Professor Andrew Orchard
Rawlinson and Bosworth Professor of Anglo-Saxon, Pembroke College, Oxford
Professor Andy Orchard is Emeritus Provost of Trinity College, University of Toronto. Having served in that role from 2007–2013, Professor Orchard has edited and published extensively, and is author of The Critical Companion to ‘Beowulf’; Pride and Prodigies: Studies in the Monsters of the ‘Beowulf’-Manuscript; and The Poetic Edda: a Book of Viking Lore. Andy Orchard has degrees from Oxford and Cambridge. From 2001-2009 he taught Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic at Cambridge, receiving a Pilkington Prize for excellence in teaching in 1998, becoming Admissions Tutor for Arts at Emmanuel College, and Head of the Department of Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic. He went to Toronto in 2000 as Professor of English and Medieval Studies, becoming Associate Director of the Centre for Medieval Studies in 2001 and Director in 2004. From 2008–14 he became Chair of the Manuscript Review Committee after serving as a member since 2000. He returned from Canada to Oxford to take up the Anglo-Saxon Chair once held by J.R.R. Tolkien, among others. He is a Fellow of both the Royal Society of Canada and the British Academy, and was awarded the accolade of ‘Most Acclaimed Lecturer in the Humanities’ for 2015 by the Oxford University Students’ Union.