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John Sabapathy

Senior Lecturer in Medieval History

What is your role and what does it involve?

At the moment my role is mostly a research one, I have been on departmental research leave and am about to start a Leverhulme Fellowship. In the past my role has included teaching, research, departmental administration, as well as more ad hoc outreach and public engagement activities.


How long have you been at UCL and what was your previous role?

I have been at UCL since 2010 and I also did my PhD here. I previously worked as a junior research fellow in history at St John’s College, Oxford. 


What attracted you to UCL?

A great and happy department and colleagues, the freedom to teach to my research interests, wonderful students, super medieval colleagues across UCL and London more widely, and specialist libraries only to be rivalled in a handful of other places internationally. 


What working achievement or initiative at UCL (or in previous work experiences) are you most proud of? 

I was very proud that my first book, Officers and Accountablity in Medieval England, won the Royal Historical Society’s Whitfield Prize 2015 for best first book on British/Irish history.


Describe UCL in three words

Metropolitan, connected, invigorating.


What is the best aspect about working at UCL?

The freedom to teach cutting-edge research to great students, and to do that research.