Valerie James was appointed as Institute Manager for the Institute of Classical Studies on 1 September 2014 and has taken on responsibilities covering both the Institute and the Library.
After undertaking research at Oxford on 17th century French history, she enjoyed a varied administrative career in the public and the not for profit sectors. In 2004 she co-edited the Bede Roll of the Fraternity of St Nicholas (the Parish Clerks' fraternity) for the London Record Society, a text which throws light on local, ecclesiastical and musical history.
She joined the School of Advanced Study in 2006 as Administrator of the Institute of Musical Research, subsequently becoming Consortium Administrative Manager for three Institutes within the School before taking up her current post.
She is also Manager of Central Academic Initiatives within the School of Advanced Study.