Professor Jon Press

Job title
Registrar and Director of Student Administration

Jon Press read history at the University of Bristol, where he also completed a PhD in Economic and Social History. He has worked at a number of Universities, notably Bath Spa University, where he was variously professor of History, director of Student Programmes and registrar. Most recently, he has worked for Tribal plc as HE strategy consultant, where he has been responsible for the development of their SITS:Vision student information system. He has worked on student systems implementations at more than 60 universities, including Oxford, Edinburgh, Wolverhampton, Leicester, York, UCL, Sydney, Rochester, the University of the Creative Arts, UTECH Jamaica, the University of London and Brunel University. His interests include corporate governance; strategic review; business process audit and review; course design, validation and development; development of academic frameworks and regulations; academic quality assurance; student tracking and assessment; database modelling and service-oriented architecture. He continues to hold an ad hominem chair from Bath Spa, and remains an active researcher. He has published seven books and more than 30 refereed articles in the fields of design history, maritime history, business and management history, and database modelling, many with Professor Charles Harvey, Pro-Vice-Chancellor at Newcastle University. They include International Competition and Industrial Change; William Morris - Design and Enterprise in Victorian Britain; Art, Enterprise and Ethics - Essays on the Life and Work of William Morris; Database Systems in Historical Research - Theory, Methods and Applications; Business Elites and Corporate Governance in Britain and France; and  'William Morris, Cultural Leadership and the Dynamics of Taste', Business History Review. He was a consultant to the Victoria & Albert Museum’s William Morris exhibition in 1996, and is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society. He also runs a small publishing company, Bristol Academic Press, and JP Guitars, which specializes in acoustic amplification and the restoration of vintage instruments.


YearQualificationAwarding body
University of Bristol
BA (Hons) History
University of Bristol

Honours and awards


Fellow of the Royal Historical Society

Membership of external committees

Academic Registrars' Council

Research interests

Research interests and expertise

Design History
William Morris and Victorian Design
Business and Industrial History
History of International Mining
Corporate Governance and Business Elites
Data Modelling and Database Systems Design and Implementation
History of Musical Instrument Manufacturing
Higher Education Management