Professor of English and Irish Literature, Bath Spa University

Neil Sammells is Deputy Vice Chancellor (Provost) and Professor of English and Irish Literature, with cross-institutional responsibility for research, learning and teaching, quality assurance, curriculum development, marketing and communications. Formerly Dean of Humanities and Head of English at BSU, he has research interests in modern drama and Irish writing, with a particular interest in Oscar Wilde. He is the author of 'Tom Stoppard: the Artist as Critic' (Macmillan, 1988) and 'Wilde Style: The Plays and Prose of Oscar Wilde' (Longman, 2000).

He is also the co-editor (with Paul Hyland) of books on Irish writing and writing and censorship and is founding editor of 'Irish Studies Review'. Professor Sammells has been a member of the executive council of the British Association for Irish Studies since 1992 and, in 2000, was convenor of the annual conference of the International Association for the Study of Irish Literatures.

In addition to his scholarly publications, Professor Sammells is an experienced broadcaster who has appeared on a number of radio arts programmes such as Nightwaves, Kaleidoscope and In Our Time. He is currently an institutional auditor for the Quality Assurance Agency and a member of the Higher Education Academy's Advisory Panel for the award of National Teaching Fellowships.


  • –present
    Professor of English and Irish Literature, Bath Spa University