A University of Chester historian has been appointed to a top role in a national organisation.

Dr Keith McLay, head of the history and archaeology department, will become co-convener of History UK at the UK Institute of Historical Research.

History UK monitors history in British Higher Education and lobbies for continual improvement.

Dr Mclay said: “History UK comprises all universities across the land so it is a great privilege both personally and professionally to have succeeded to this role.”

Professor Robert Warner, dean of humanities at the university, added: “We are absolutely delighted at Dr McLay’s appointment.

“It is a fitting tribute to his admirable scholarship and his dedication to his discipline, and is an accolade of which his students the department, faculty and university can be duly proud.

“History at Chester continues to go from strength to strength under Dr McLay’s leadership.”