Professor Melissa Terras, who takes up the new Chair of Digital Cultural Heritage in October, joins from UCL where she has been Director of UCL Centre for Digital Humanities since 2011. She is also Professor of Digital Humanities in UCL’s Department of Information Studies, and Vice Dean of Research in UCL’s Faculty of Arts and Humanities. Her appointment as Professor of Digital Cultural Heritage strengthens the University’s commitment to applying data science, in this case to address questions related to culture and society.

Digital techniques in research and teaching

Professor Terras will also develop training and degree programmes as well as supporting staff and students in using digital techniques in research and teaching. Melissa Terras has a background in Classical Art History, English Literature, Computing Science and Engineering. Her research focuses on computational techniques that facilitate research in the arts and humanities that would otherwise be impossible without digital technology.

Building on world-leading expertise

Professor Terras serves on the Board of Curators of the University of Oxford Libraries, and on the Board of Trustees of the National Library of Scotland. She is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals and Fellow of the British Computer Society.