Alan Atkinson

MA DLitt(hc) (Syd), MEd (Dubl), PhD (ANU), FAHA, HonFRAHS

The Senior Tutor is responsible for the academic and educational life of the College – basically, the tutorial system and academic resources, but much else.  He is assisted by the Student Dean, who is appointed each year from among the more senior men in College, and who is responsible for organising forums and for liaising between the Senior Common Room and the undergraduates.

The Senior Tutor also deals with any significant problems students are having with their work (and is happy to hear about less significant ones), including contemplated changes in enrolment.

The current Senior Tutor, Emeritus Professor Alan Atkinson, is a former student of the College.  He was appointed in February 2010 and was a Fellow of the College May 2011-January 2016.   His email is and his mobile is 0437862794.

He is an historian of Australia, he has postgraduate degrees from three universities (Sydney, Trinity College Dublin, and the Australian National University) and he has taught at three (Murdoch, the University of Western Australia and the University of New England).  He has been a Fulbright Scholar and a Visiting Fellow at several universities. In 2005-08 he was a member of the Australian Research Council.

He had a Personal Chair at the University of New England and was then an A.R.C. Professorial Fellow.  He is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities, and in 2015 he won the Victorian Prize for Literature and was awarded the degree of Doctor of Letters (honoris causa) by this University.

Alan Atkinson’s view of education at St Paul’s College was the subject of an article in the Sydney Alumni Magazine in June 2013.

He has written a number of books and is currently working on the history of the College, for publication in 2017, among other things.

Previous Senior Tutors