Professor Noel Thompson
Professor Emeritus (Arts & Humanities)
College of Arts and Humanities
Telephone: (01792) 513212

Professor Thompson graduated from St. Andrews University in 1974 and pursued a Masters degree in Economic and Political Thought at the Queen’s University Belfast, 1975, before undertaking research leading to the award of a doctorate by the University of Cambridge, 1981. He spent a short time in the Economic Intelligence Department of the Bank of England, 1978-79 before being appointed as a Lecturer in Economic History at Swansea, 1979. He was awarded a personal chair in 1999, was Head of the Department of History from 2000 to 2005, and served as Head of the School of Humanities from its inception to 2008. He is currently a Pro-Vice-Chancellor.

Professor Thompson serves on the editorial board of Labor History.


  1. The Market and its Critics, Socialist Political Economy in Nineteenth Century Britain. London: Routledge.
  2. To see ourselves: The rhetorical construction of an ideal citizenry in the perorations of twentieth-century budget speeches. British Politics 12(1), 90-114.
  3. `Non-Marxian Socialist Ideas in Britain and the United States’. In Handbook on the History of Economic Analysis, 3 Vols.. (pp. 206-222). Cheltenham: Elgar.
  4. Social Opulence and Private Restraint: The Consumer in British Socialist Thought Since 1800.. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  5. New liberalism, new language? The use of collectivist concepts in the budget speeches of 1893–95 and 1906–14. Cogent Arts and Humanities 2(1), 1-22.

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