Staff profile

Alistair Carnegie Hodge

Head of School, Humanities and Journalism

Alistair Hodge


English, Creative Writing and Publishing


College of Arts, Humanities and Education




Kedleston Road, Derby Campus



To the School of Humanities and Journalism I bring many years of creative industries and business experience, having established what has become a successful non-fiction book publishing company in 1984. I have now worked in higher education for several years, helping to establish Publishing as an academic discipline at the University of Derby (both at postgraduate and undergraduate level), and now as part of the college management team.

I am a passionate believer in the power and ability of a good Humanities degree to provide graduates with the attributes that are necessary and sought after within professional life and career.

My academic background is in History, specifically seventeenth-century England, though my work in book publishing and subsequent academic career have led me to study a wide range of related subjects, from graphic design to project management, applied English language to business studies.

I am proud to be the Head of School, leading a group of inspiring academic colleagues, in turn supported by a wide range of dedicated professional services staff, to deliver truly excellent foundation, undergraduate, and postgraduate courses for students who hail from an astonishing variety of locations and backgrounds.

Teaching responsibilities

Over the past few years I have taught a wide range of subjects related to book publishing and editing, English language, business, book and publishing history since the fifteenth century, book design and production, and the creative industries in general.

Professional interests

Research interests

Membership of professional bodies


  • MA in Modern History (St Andrews, 1980)

Recent conferences

I deliver conference papers relating to History and to Publishing, most recently to the By the Book conference, in Florence, Italy, where I talked about the ethics of editing the textual work of authors.

Experience in industry

Additional interests and activities

Books scattered in a library

Alistair Hodge, Head of School - Humanities & Journalism at the University of Derby, discusses the importance of 'the humanities' and the value of studying this field in light of the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

Alistair Hodge, Senior Lecturer and MA Publishing Programme Leader, talks about Roald Dahl, one of the world’s greatest storytellers, who would have turned 100 on September 13, 2016.