Members of the department

The following members of staff teach the M.Phil. course in Anglo-Saxon, Norse & Celtic:

  • Dr Alison Bonner (Dept of ASNC): Brittonic and Gaelic history; also Insular latin literature.
  • Dr Richard Dance (St. Catharine’s College): Old English language and literature; Germanic philology.
  • Professor Simon Keynes (Trinity College): Anglo-Saxon history.
  • Dr Rosalind Love (Robinson College): Insular Latin literature; also Old English language and literature.
  • Professor Máire Ní Mhaonaigh (St John’s College): medieval Irish language and literature; medieval Welsh language and literature; Celtic philology.
  • Dr Judy Quinn (Newnham College): Old Norse language and literature; Old English literature.
  • Dr Elizabeth Ashman Rowe (Clare Hall): Scandanavian history; palaeography and codicology.
  • Professor Paul Russell (Dept of ASNC): medieval Welsh language and literature; medieval Irish language and literature; Celtic philology.

The Departmental Secretary, Lauren Lalej, can be contacted on The ASNC Departmental office is in the English Faculty, room SR32; telephone: 01223 335079.

The Secretary of the Faculty of English Degree Committee is Anna Fox, English Faculty, room FR24; email:; tel: 01223-335076

Graduate students in the Department

At any one time there may be up to 30 research students in the Department doing research for an M.Phil. or a Ph.D. degree on a subject which falls within the scope of the Department’s interests. Ph.D. students are often involved in teaching, whether lecturing, giving classes, or supervising. Research students contribute significantly to the intellectual and social life of the Department, and M.Phil. students are encouraged to take advantage of the many opportunities to participate in ASNaC activities during their year of study at Cambridge. One M.Phil. student is elected each year to be a representative on the Department’s Graduate Joint Academic Committee.

Undergraduate students

The Department normally has about 80 undergraduates at any one time, spread around the various colleges of the University; these provide the mainstay of the Department’s lively social life, and there is frequent interaction between the undergraduates, graduates and senior members, on an informal as well as a formal basis. The students organise an email list for news and discussions of interest to ASNaCs, and there is a regular rendezvous at a local pub on Friday evenings. There is also a student-run ASNC Society which graduates are welcome to join, and which organises weekly lunches and other social events.