Dr Andrew Edwards came to Bangor University in 1994 as a ‘mature’ student. He graduated with first class honours in History in 1997 before embarking on an MA in Labour History which he passed with distinction in 1998.
Between 1998 and 2002 he was a PhD student at Bangor under the supervision of the late Professor Duncan Tanner, conducting research into the decline of the Labour party and the rise of Plaid Cymru in north-west Wales in the 1960s and 1970s. In 2002 he was appointed research officer on an ESRC funded project on the history of Welsh devolution and in 2004 was appointed as Lecturer in modern British and Welsh History.
He was co-director of the Welsh Institute for Social and Cultural Affairs (WISCA) at Bangor from 2006 to 2010 and was Director of Teaching and Learning for the College of Arts and Humanities from 2011 to 2012. He was appointed Dean of Arts and Humanities in August 2012.
He is author of Labour’s Crisis: Plaid Cymru, the Conservatives and the decline of the Labour party in north-west Wales, 1960-74 (University of Wales Press, 2011) and writes on aspects of political change in Wales after 1945, the history of Welsh devolution, the Conservative party and Oral History.