Professor Keith McLay was awarded a MA (Hons) First Class in History & Politics by the University of Glasgow and in the following year a MSc with Distinction in International History by the London School of Economics & Political Science. He returned to the University of Glasgow to complete a doctorate in History under the aegis of the Scottish Centre for War Studies. He also holds an Executive MBA from the University of Edinburgh.
He is an early modern military and naval historian of Britain and Europe who has published on war and warfare from the 17th to the 20th centuries, focusing especially on military-naval organisation, command and control.
Whether any of that qualifies him to have held the posts of Head of the Department of History & Archaeology at the University of Chester; Dean of the Faculty of Arts & Humanities at Canterbury Christ Church University and now Pro Vice-Chancellor/Dean of the College of Arts, Humanities & Education at the University of Derby is a moot point.
He has, however, picked up over the years a few pointers and experiences on working with colleagues across a range of disciplines from the Creative Arts to Humanities and Education.