Dr John Walker

Faculty Academic Manager

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John Walker was born in Preston, Lancashire, and studied medieval history at the University of St Andrews between 1982 and 1990, being awarded a PhD in 1991.

He has taught history in both secondary schools and institutions of higher education, and he joined the Department of History at the University of Hull on a permanent basis in 2003.

In October 2016 he was appointed Faculty Academic Manager for the Faculty of Business, Law and Politics, having previously worked as Faculty Director of Student Recruitment in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences.



Research Interests

  • The mythology surrounding the Knights Templar, a medieval military order, founded in the early 12th century in Jerusalem in the aftermath of the First Crusade

  • The history of the East Riding of Yorkshire. Currently, acting as Director of the Victoria County History: East Riding of Yorkshire project, funded by the University of London


Walker J, 'From the Holy Grail and the Ark of the Covenant to Freemasonry and the Priory of Sion’, an introduction to the after-history of the Templars, in The Military Orders, volume 5, Edbury P (ed), Farnham: Ashgate (2012)

Walker J, 'The Templars are everywhere': an examination of the myths behind Templar survival after 1307', in The Debate on the Trial of the Templars (1307-1314), Burgtorf J, Crawford P F and Nicholson H J (eds), Farnham: Ashgate (2010)



Teaching awards and accolades

  • Fellow of the HEA (2014)

Professional highlights


Academic qualifications

  • MA (Hons) First Class in Medieval History, University of St Andrews (1986)

  • PhD in Medieval History, University of St Andrews (1991)