Prof Ulrich Tiedau

Prof Ulrich Tiedau

Professor of European History


Faculty of Arts & Humanities

Joined UCL
1st Sep 2004

Research summary

Ulrich Tiedau is a historian and digital humanist. He is an Associate Director of the UCL Centre for Digital Humanities, a co-covenor of the Low Countries history research seminars at the Institute of Historical Research (IHR) and principal editor of Dutch Crossing: Journal of Low Countries Studies, which in December 2009 has been awarded an honourable mention in the Phoenix Prize for Significant Editorial Achievement by the Council of Editors of Learned Journals (CELJ).

On the national level, he was a member of the publication committee of the Association for Learning Technology (ALT) and representative for Area Studies on the Modern Language Assocation (MLA), 2012-2016. He has been a visiting scholar at the University of Leuven, Belgium, in 2009, and the University of California in Berkeley in 2014.

Click here for a link to the 2014 UCL Octagon exhibition "Knowledge in Motion" (jointly curated with colleagues from the UCL Geography and History departments).

Teaching summary

In SELCS-CMII I teach and contribute to a wide range of modules on European history and contemporary society, with a special focus on the Low Countries and Germany. I have a long standing involvement with the Open Education movement and between 2009 and 2013 was awarded a series of three research and development grants in JISC's and the Higher Education Academy's UK Open Educational Resources programme. In this context I have also received a UCL Knowledge Transfer Champion award (2012), as well as a UCL Teaching Innovation Award (2014), an International Teaching Excellence Bursary (2014), a Beacon Award for Public Engagement (2013/14) and three UCL Global Engagement awards (between 2015/16 and 2017/18). I am a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (SFHEA) and have contributed to most Teaching & Learning at UCL conferences since 2006, as well as to the UK-wide HE Academy one in 2016. Since 2013 I am e-Learning Champion, and since 2020 Connected Learning Lead, for SELCS. In 2020/21 I teach, convene or contribute to the following courses:


  • ELCS0003 Understanding History: Facts, Interpretations, Stories
  • ELCS0032 Nationalism and Ethnicity in Contemporary Europe
  • ELCS0045 Memory, Identity, Heritage: Topics in History
  • DUTC0003 Born out of Rebellion: the Low Countries from the Dutch Revolt to the eve of World War I
  • DUTC0006 At the Crossroads of Europe: Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg in the 20th and 21st centuries
  • DUTC0013 Contemporary History and Culture of the Low Countries
  • DUTC0017 Project in Dutch


  • CMII0049 Gender, Society and Representation: Research and Writing Skills
  • DUTC0019 Contemporary History and Culture of the Low Countries
  • DUTC0022 Project in Dutch

I also regularly contribute to the MA/MSc Digital Humanities of the UCL Centre for Digital Humanities (UCLDH).

Advice and feedback hours (for UCL students)

You can contact me by e-mail or book a video tutorial in my ‘Zoom office’. At some times during the term I tend to get a bit overwhelmed by my inbox though and e-mails may unintentionally slip through; if I haven't come back to you after two working days, please feel free to nudge me.


Other Postgraduate qualification (including professional), ATQ03 - Recognised by the HEA as a Fellow | 2008
Other Postgraduate qualification (including professional), Postgraduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education | 2006
Other Postgraduate qualification (including professional), ATQ02 - Recognised by the HEA as an Associate Fellow | 2006