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Professor Derek Offord


He gained his BA from Cambridge in 1968 and his PhD from LSE in 1974. He was a British Council Scholar at Moscow University for the academic year 1972-73. He worked at the University of Wales at Aberystwyth from 1974-75 and has been at Bristol since 1975, first as Lecturer, then as Senior Lecturer (from 1986), Reader (from 1988), Professor (from 1997), Research Professor (from 2011) and Senior Research Fellow (from 2015). During the late 1970s and throughout the 1980s he played a leading role in the organisation of educational exchange between Britain and the USSR under the terms of the inter-governmental cultural agreements then in force. From 2004 to 2007 he was convenor of the Nineteenth-Century Study Group of the British Association for Slavonic and East European Studies (BASEES). In RAE 2001 he served as a member of the panel for Russian and East European Languages and in RAE 2008 as chair of the equivalent sub-panel. He was awarded an OBE in the 2012 New Year Honours List for his ‘services to Russian studies in language and culture’.



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