Professsor David Parker OBE

Professor D.C. Parker OBE

Congratulations to Professor David Parker, Director of ITSEE, who has been made an OBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours list.

This is the latest in a series of honours for Professor Parker, who was elected as a Fellow of the British Academy in 2012. The citation in the Queen's Birthday Honours list is "For Services to Higher Education". David is one of 237 people to have been made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) on this occasion. He will attend Buckingham Palace to receive his honour in the company of the England cricketer James Anderson, the rugby players Jonny Wilkinson and Jonathan Davies and the actor Benedict Cumberbatch famous for his role as the TV detective Sherlock.

Professor Parker, FBA, FSA has been a member of the University of Birmingham since 1993. Before that he taught at Queen’s College, Birmingham, and was previously in Anglican parochial ministry in London and north Oxfordshire. His research field is the textual criticism of the New Testament, and the development of digital methodologies and tools in textual scholarship. Publications include a number of websites, such as one presenting the world’s oldest Bible. The Department of Theology and Religion was ranked second in the recent REF exercise

Professor Parker said: “It is very exciting to receive this national honour, especially since it acknowledges the significance of my discipline. In particular it recognises the importance of the opportunities the digital world affords for transforming textual scholarship and developing new interdisciplinary research.”